Elizabeth Friend

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Class of 2020 (Sophomore)

Engineering allows me to take on challenges related to my interests - math, science, and machinery - and make an innovative mark on society. There's nothing so satisfying as learning not only how the world works, but also how you can use those tools and principles to create something new from scratch.


Naples, NY

Extracurricular Activities

  • RPI Pep Band
  • Abrasive Water Jet TA/ Student 3D Printing TA
  • National Society of Leadership and Success

Favorite Quote

"Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems... " - Parks and Rec


The Future of Light 2.0 Other Presenters: Michael Miller, Elizabeth Eckhardt, Leslie Chase, Kianna Brevig, Daniel Reed, Denver Overend

The Engineering Ambassadors will present on the applications of digital lighting; Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for a multitude of applications beyond lighting. This includes communications and large scale applications of LED lighting systems. Students will be exposed to technological advances that they probably never imagined and how crucial they are to the electronic devices they enjoy in today’s world. The presentation is suited for but not limited to general middle school class, technology and physics (core, regents and AP) classes.

Engineering Solutions to Fighting Forest Fires Other Presenters: Amy Bredes, Zoe Westwater

Increasing forest fire rates are the cause of the overwhelming amount of acreage burned in the U.S. this year. This presentation focuses on how engineers finds ways to fight these fires. The presentation starts out by explaining the different components of fire and how it ignites. It then goes into indirect attack for fighting the fires. This includes fire barriers and backfiring. The presentation then goes into direct attack, which includes airplane modifications, and chemical retardants. Throughout this presentation, students will be introduced to a wide range of engineering disciplines.