Like many children, Megan Lewis-Taylor wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when she grew up. As a young girl, she went to engineering camps at the Air Force Academy and even a space camp in Alabama. In college, she felt she wasn’t ready to finish her education, so she enlisted in the Coast Guard and worked on a search and rescue and counterterrorism team.
After Hurricane Sandy, Megan’s team swept and monitored the bay to make sure it was safe for freighters to come in. “It was a disaster zone. There were bathtubs floating in the water, and things from people’s houses that you wouldn’t really believe,” Megan said.
Only five months later, she worked as a first responder in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Her team patrolled the surrounding waters to catch the suspects if they tried to escape by boat.
Now, as an engineer for Collins Aerospace, Megan is continuing her humanitarian work through Engineers Without Borders — a nonprofit that takes on engineering projects to help communities around the world meet basic human needs.
Recently, Megan and a team of other UTC employees traveled to two neighboring cities in Guatemala for an Engineers Without Borders initiative. There, she and her teammates saw that the water supply was severely limited and what was available contained dangerous amounts of metals and bacteria including E. coli. Megan’s team interviewed citizens of the cities and developed a solution to build a new well for them.
“I think it is very important for corporations to help and provide the platform for people to be able to help wherever it is needed, whether it is natural events or addressing people’s basic needs like sanitation and water.”
Engineers at UTC pave the way for future innovation. During Engineers Week, we are honored to showcase those who go above and beyond and create solutions to help others meet their basic human needs.
United Technologies is committed to providing basic human needs to people around the world. To learn more about UTC’s partnership with organizations like Engineers Without Borders, click here.