The Force Behind The Lift - Meet Bryan Taylor


Over the past several years, Bryan Taylor, research and development engineer with Rotary Lift® has been the engineer behind the designs of some of our most successful lifts. But that’s just part of what drives him. Take a few minutes to meet Bryan, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift. 

Q:  How long have you been with Rotary Lift?

I’ve been with the company in design engineering a little over 14 years in total.  It’s beyond comprehension how much this company and the engineering department has changed over those 14 years!

Q:  What do you enjoy about your job?

Obviously I like to design things but I really enjoy seeing a product go from the tube to prototype to production.  Being able to model the lifts in 3D and perform analysis on the models allows great satisfaction when our R&D testing matches what we see on the computer.  I’m so thankful for 3D CAD packages as I really don’t know it was done on a drafting table; mind blowing!  I like working on new products as it allows you to be a bit more creative in your designs since you are not constrained with existing lifts.

BT03-editQ:  What is your background in engineering?

I earned my BSME from Purdue (Boiler Up!) several years back and worked at Texaco in CA as a process engineer right out of school.  Since then I have worked at Rotary/VSG and Cummins Engine Co. at various levels as a design/analysis engineer.

Q:  What is something people may not know about research and development?

Not all projects turn into products that a customer may someday see.  Some of our projects are simply “research” projects that develop a process or system or component of a lift that may then someday actually be used to build lifts or used on a new lift.

Q:  During your work career what are you most proud of?

It’s obviously very special to see your name on a patent and receive company awards but it’s nice to see something work “right out of the gate” and to be able to help the “young pups” in our engineering group.

BT01Q:  What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?

I’ve ran a marathon and several half-marathons and I thoroughly love running and biking and being outdoors. There’s just a certain freedom about it that’s hard to describe.

What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?

Spending time with my family/friends and watching my children achieve their goals in swimming and academics.  I really like to run new courses when I am fortunate enough to travel.

Q:  Are you more of a music guy, sports guy or both?

I would say both; I really enjoy watching my Boilers on the court and field and those who are professionals now.  I spend a decent amount of time in the car so I listen to about any type of music from country to hard rock to whatever my daughter is listening to now a days.  But, I do not typically mix the two; I never run with music as I think that detracts from the run and I really like to know when someone is approaching me if I don’t see them!

Q:  If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be?  Why?

I like several of the lifts for different reasons but for my personal use I would prefer one of our low/mid-rise lifts as they are portable, don’t take up much room in the garage, and would handle anything that I would attempt to do on my vehicles.

Low Rise Lift