While each and every one of our Student Spotlights feature a remarkable student for their grades and research, not many of them can say that they are as inspirational to the people around them as Tai Jaune Robinson.
Tai, a sophomore Industrial Engineering student, had always wanted to go into engineering, but didn’t know which one would fit the best. During her high school years at Youngstown Early College, she did research, finding that YSU and the Industrial and Systems Engineering program were the best fit for her. Tai graduated YSU with her associate’s degree a few days before receiving her diploma from YEC.
While she isn’t studying for her classes, Tai is coaching her little league team and cheer squad. The East Side Dance Line, of which she was once a member, now enjoys having Tai as their coach and mentor. Tai also coaches the West Side Patriots, a group of 11- to 13-yead-old girls. Under her coaching they brought home a first place victory from the Chaney Cheer Competition.
In addition to her outside activities, Tai is also a member of the National Society for Black Engineers and spends some of her time tutoring. While at YSU, she has held two different internships. Her first internship was with Dr. Hans Tritico doing computer programing and data entry. Now, Tai is working with M7 Technologies recording data, looking at failure analysis, and running Lean and Six Sigma tests to find out how to improve the industry.
Three of her greatest supporters are her mother, who she says is always encouraging her and is her pillar of strength, and Mr. and Mrs. Garvey. Mr. Garvey is the president and CEO of M7 Technologies. After graduation, Tai will continue on full time at M7 working on more extensive projects. In addition to Tai’s internship with a top industrial company in the area, she has won awards like the Presidential Award for Excellence. Tai has also been thinking about continuing her dance career by opening her own dance studio.
Tai is looking forward to graduating with her bachelor’s degree at the same time her mother graduates with her Ph.D. She is the inspiration to her two brothers and sister, but she has also inspired her father and grandmother, who are both studying here at YSU.