Casey-Ellen Collette

Role: Member

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2019 (Alumni)

Engineering allows me combine my enjoyment of being creative and solving puzzles with my desire to do meaningful work with tangible outcomes. Specifically focussing in consumer-goods manufacturing, I love being able to see a product on the shelf knowing that I had a hand in helping create it.

Hometown

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Extracurricular Activities

  • RPI Varsity Field Hockey
  • RPI Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Process Engineer Intern in Papermaking at Procter and Gamble
  • Lab Intern at Wachussett Brewing Company
  • Reliability Engineering Intern at SABIC Innovative Plastics

Presentations

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

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.

Cellular and Tissue Engineering Other Presenters: Carly Nadler, Tyler Graf, Jennifer Vincent, Erin Goodwin

This presentation will discuss the current solutions that are being developed to solve medical problems. It will focus on how engineers are working to eliminate the need for organ transplants by finding ways to create organs outside of the body. In the hands on activity, students will work in teams to create their own organs out of synthetic materials. As a class, the students will have to try to put all of their organs together to create a body. This presentation will expose students to the biomedical engineering field and advances, and it will also highlight the various types of engineering that are involved in this field. Key Words: biology, cells, tissue, organs and basic anatomy, 3D printing, etc.

Structures Other Presenters: Eric Gayle, Carly Nadler, Hilary Fiorentino, Mallory Gordon, Enxhi Marika, Lily O'Halloran, Samantha Wong

This presentation explores architecture through an engineering perspective. The history of structures, fundamental engineering concepts, and a structural analysis of modern buildings are all included. Using these understandings, a look into the future of architecture is possible.

Reaction Action Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Daniel Reed, Luke Cherniack, Erin Goodwin, Ian Steenstra, Parth Bhide, Carly Nadler, Emily Ortega

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.

Digital Sound Other Presenters: Nikhilas Murthy, Rohan Cherian-Ashe, Amy Reynolds, Liam Fahey, Denver Overend, David Glowny, Mallory Gordon, Nickolas Ziter, Brook Rulewich, Timothy Spafford, Jane Edgington, Jonathan Minchala, Alyssa Borges, Samantha Wong, Diana Klyuchnik, Ian Steenstra

People rely on the engineering behind the science of sound everyday, whether its through listening to an Ipod, setting up speakers for a public event, or even through hearing aids. And yet, in this digital age, it is not clear to many people how exactly sound is stored in a digital device, what sound actually is, and how sound can be produced electronically. Therefore, this presentation displays and explains the intriguing engineering behind sound and its application in electronic devices.

Jet Engines Other Presenters: Timothy Spafford, Vladimir Ramos-Vasquez, Michael Miller, Jaime Lord, Frederick Hole, Louis Caponi, 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.

Drag Force Other Presenters: Jaime Lord, Dana Stevens, Frederick Hole, Samantha Wong, Francesca LaPinta, Allison Douglas, Lily O'Halloran

This presentation introduces a topic which effects almost every engineering discipline, Drag Force. In this presentation the importance of Drag Force is introduced, the consequences of Drag Force are explained, and students are introduced to the work many different types of engineers. After the presentations, students go through a hands on activity which involves using a wind tunnel to analyze the drag force on a car.

Designing A Safe Roller Coaster Other Presenters: Nikhilas Murthy, Louis Caponi, 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.

Thermoelectric Devices Other Presenters: Parth Bhide, Louis Caponi, 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.