Louis Caponi

Role: Member

Major: Nuclear Engineering

Year: Class of 2019 (Alumni)

Hometown

Oakland NJ

Extracurricular Activities

  • Staff, National Dance Alliance
  • American Nuclear Society
  • Research, Radiation Effects on Biological Systems
  • Student Success Office
  • Research, EcoHome
  • Captain, RPI Dance Team

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Westinghouse Fellow, Computational Biomechanics Lab at Penn State

Favorite Quote

"Life is about creating yourself, so be the best artist possible." -George Shaw

Presentations

Evolution of Prosthetics - Biomedical Engineering Other Presenters: Samantha Wong, Nicole Zimmer, Tyler Graf, Carly Nadler, Enxhi Marika, Dana Stevens, Alice Connelli, Jennifer Vincent, Casey-Ellen Collette

This presentation covers the evolution of prosthetics and the engineering design process that governs the innovation. Topics covered will include biomechanics, action potentials and the connection of the nervous system, as well as future bionic and thought-controlled prostheses.

Nuclear Powered Spaceflight Other Presenters: Dominik Fritz, Amalie Wendelken, Dana Stevens, Denver Overend, Carly Nadler

Travel to other planets has up until recently only been possible in science fiction media; however, as technologies of the twenty-first century have improved, such a mission is now almost possible. This presentation will examine how different disciplines of engineering (aeronautical, nuclear, mechanical, and more) are needed to produce a complex product like a spacecraft.

Oil Spill Cleanup Other Presenters: Luke Cherniack, Carly Nadler, Nickolas Ziter, Samantha Bliss, Jennifer Vincent, Sarah Mogan, Ian Steenstra, Erin Goodwin, Allison Douglas

An overview of how oil spills affect ecosystems that directly affect our lives and how engineers are working with scientists to develop new technology to quickly and effectively recover these ecosystems from oil spill disasters.

Humanitarian Logistics Other Presenters: Fiona Flynn, Brook Rulewich, Tyler Graf, Andrew Gabbeitt, Daniel Reed, Nickolas Ziter, Rachel Stagnitti, Ian Steenstra

An increasing number of disasters affecting communities worldwide has prompted the need to better prepare, respond and recover in order to reduce human suffering and loss of life and money. In response to that: the research community is uniting efforts on the investigation, documentation and analysis of recent disasters to better understand the dynamics and particularities of Post-disaster Humanitarian Logistics. The presenters talk about common misconceptions people have of what to donate to survivors and how engineering can be useful in the field of Humanitarian Logistics. Students then simulate a donation drive in a hands-on activity.

Jet Engines Other Presenters: Timothy Spafford, Vladimir Ramos-Vasquez, Michael Miller, Jaime Lord, Frederick Hole, Casey-Ellen Collette, Rachel Stagnitti, Lily O'Halloran, Sai Vaishnav Chadalavada

This presentation provides an overview of how jet engines operate, describing each main component within the system. It also explores the vigorous testing processes that these engines must undergo, as well as the various uses for jet engines.

Designing A Safe Roller Coaster Other Presenters: Nikhilas Murthy, Casey-Ellen Collette, Rachel Stagnitti, Carly Nadler, Amy Reynolds, Andrew Gabbeitt, Skyler Lafemina, Hilary Fiorentino, Frederick Hole, Denver Overend, Zoe Westwater, Jane Edgington, Elizabeth Eckhardt, Lily O'Halloran, Jonathan Minchala

Roller coasters are engineering marvels that provide the ultimate physical experience, but some people are fearful to take a ride on one. While there are many reasons, this presentation dispels the myths of poor safety and inherent risk involved with riding roller coasters. Three main aspects are analyzed including the effects of forces on the body, particular track design considerations, and restraining systems implemented on different coaster types.

Radioisotopes (Nuclear Medicine) Other Presenters: Dominik Fritz, Alice Connelli, Amalie Wendelken, Brook Rulewich

The science behind radioisotopes and their involvement in medical imaging.

Thermoelectric Devices Other Presenters: Parth Bhide, Casey-Ellen Collette, Leili Tootsov, Jane Edgington, Erin Goodwin, Rachel Stagnitti, Ian Steenstra

Learn about how to convert heat into electricity! This presentation covers the basics of efficiency, energy usage, energy conversion, and power, and walks students through the materials science behind thermoelectric devices. Students also experiment with their own thermoelectric devices and produce electricity to power propellers.