Allison Douglas

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Class of 2021 (Junior)

Engineering allows me to help people and the Earth in a way that challenges my mind both creatively and academically.


Redondo Beach, CA

Extracurricular Activities

  • Terra Cafe
  • Alpha Phi

Favorite Quote

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss


Wind Energy Other Presenters: Emily Ortega, Carly Nadler, Rachel Stagnitti, Mallory Gordon, Samantha Bliss, Dana Stevens, Leslie Chase, Kianna Brevig, Jonathan Minchala

This presentation will introduce the importance of the development of alternative energies to reduce America’s traditional dependency on oil. Wind energy will be the focus of the presentation as the technology will be described. The presentation will then focus on the engineering designs of the wind turbines. The hands-on activity will involve the students in designing the wind turbine blades. Sponsored by CURENT Engineering Research Center

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

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.

Water Filtration Other Presenters: Eric Gayle, Amy Bredes, Mallory Gordon, Samantha Bliss, Erin Goodwin, Ian Steenstra

The Engineering Ambassadors will introduce the National Academy of Engineering's grand challenge of providing clean drinking water to the world. Students will learn about our planets natural filtering process, the water cycle, and how a similar process has been engineered to filter our water. A portable solution to providing clean water after natural disasters will be introduced. The student's culminating consists of creating their own gravity filter. This presentation is best suited for an Earth Science class or a Living Environment class, but can also be applicable to a chemistry class.

Design of An Athlete Other Presenters: Tyler Graf, Jennifer Vincent, Timothy Spafford, Enxhi Marika, Carly Nadler, Francesca LaPinta, Alyssa Borges

The physics and engineering behind the sports that we love and hear about every day. We speak about why the bodies and skill sets that certain athletes have benefit them in their respective sports, but may not be optimal in other sports. We will also speak about the engineering that goes into designing protective equipment as well as creating and using biometric technology. Hands on activities include force plates to measure jump force, photo gates to measure speed, and EMGs to measure muscle activity as well as the opportunity for students to use the equipment to measure anything they think would work.

Drag Force Other Presenters: Jaime Lord, Dana Stevens, Frederick Hole, Casey-Ellen Collette, Samantha Wong, Francesca LaPinta, 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.

Optimizing Traffic Other Presenters: Fiona Flynn, Brook Rulewich, Elizabeth Friend

Traffic is an issue that impacts people all over the world every single day and causes a loss of time, resources, and money. In this presentation, we’ll be talking about what causes traffic, how engineers are designing solutions to these problems, and the types of engineers who work directly on solutions. Some of the topics discussed include ride sharing, better design of highways, the use of algorithms, and traffic sensors. It also includes an overview of civil and industrial & systems engineering. This presentation allows students to consider engineering beyond its typical scope – the engineers who optimize traffic aren’t building devices or machines, but designing highways and process to make them more efficient

Space Exploration Other Presenters: Sue Cho, Jonathan Minchala

This presentation explains the basic chemistry and physics behind ion propulsion engines. It includes topics such as thrust and ionization. In addition, it enforces the importance of space exploration.