Major: Chemical Engineering
Year: Class of 2020 (Senior)
Engineering has allowed me to pursue my dream of contributing to the development of alternative energy.
- National Society of Leadership and Success
- Chemistry Mentor
"Inside of everyone there's a cool guy and a liar, and you need to bring the cool guy out so that maybe one day you're the one trapping people on boats" -Nathan Fielder
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.
Action Reaction is a presentation centered on how the basics of chemical reactions can be applied to engineering. The basic principle of a chemical reaction being a rearrangement of atoms is explained using the formation of water molecules. Then, the five key signs of identifying chemical reactions are introduced with video demonstrations of each. For the hands on activity, the “elephant toothpaste” reaction is introduced. It is a safe reaction involving dilute hydrogen peroxide decomposing to air and water with an iodine catalyst. Doing this reaction in the presence of dish soap creates a column of foam. The students then preform this reaction, making a tall column of foam. Finally, presenters explain how reactions like this are used in all branches of engineering to help improve the world.