Taylor D. Sparks portrait
  • Director of Materials Characterization Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director of ReUSE REU, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Current Courses

Spring 2023

  • MSE 6590-007
    Special Projects

Fall 2022

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Materialism Podcast LLC. 01/01/2019 - present. Employees: 4.
  • Electrochrome LLC. 02/01/2016 - present. Employees: 4.
  • Utah Materials Research. 08/01/2015 - present. Employees: 5.

Professional Organizations

  • American Ceramic Society. 04/09/2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • The Minerals Metals and Materials Society . 04/09/2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • Materials Research Society. 07/01/2013 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Thermoelectric Society. 09/09/2009 - present. Position : Member.

Small Group Teaching

  • Taught a course entitled "Machine learning best practices and fundamentals for materials science" for the CMS3 Summer School on Computational Materials Science Across Scales event hosted by Texas A&M University.  08/01/2021  -  present
  • Taught a short course entitled "Tools for Visualizing and Understanding the Structure of Crystalline Ceramics" for the American Ceramic Society.   04/01/2021  -  04/04/2021
  • Taught two workshop sessions for the TMS Learning Pathways: Advanced Materials Manufacturing. The sessions are "Overview of ML, tools, frameworks, application to materials science" and "Knowledge extraction, feature engineering, best practices." .  12/01/2020  -  present
  • "How to effectively communicate science" University of Utah ACCESS Program. Taught every semester since Spring 2019 (2 times a year).  03/15/2019  -  present
  • "Machine Learning Boot Camp" University of California, Santa Barbara, Materials Research Laboratory.  02/07/2019  -  02/08/2019
  • "How to create an effective scientific research poster" Office of Undergraduate Research Seminar Series.  01/17/2018  -  01/17/2018