Taylor Morin, Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University wide receiver Taylor Morin, a redshirt sophomore who is majoring in engineering with a double minor in entrepreneurship and mathematics, has been named a Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete for the second consecutive year.
Morin, who is from Centreville, Virginia, has been honored by the ACC for his success on and off the field. He is a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team with a 3.857 grade-point average and had 43 catches for 621 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Among the engineering projects he has studied are building a prototype for a full-size cardboard couch for families in emergency situations; operating light, humidity, temperature and wind sensors to determine the viability for a rooftop garden; comparing the motion of patients with potential spinal injuries during different types of transfers between stretchers; and focusing on the prevention of eutrophication for bodies of water around the world.
This semester, Morin is working on an electrical engineering project designing light-up shoes for a faculty professor.
“As a football fan myself, a two-time professor to Taylor and a son-in-law to a lifelong Wake Forest football fan, Taylor is a common name tossed around my house,” said Nicholas Lutzweiler, a Wake Forest visiting assistant professor of practice in the engineering department. “The expression ‘3rd and Morin’ comes to mind, as Taylor is a trusted target to catch anything thrown his way, especially on third down. So, after teaching him in two advanced classes, I have had the privilege to see his drive and passion to succeed. It extends into the engineering field where the stakes aren’t a much needed first down, but the welfare and safety of the public.”
The Military Bowl and 3M are proud to announce the members of the second annual Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.
“Once again the Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program is shining a light on a remarkable group of student-athletes,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “These young men are leaders on and off the field, taking head on the challenges of rigorous course work while helping their teams every Saturday.”
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.
“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”