Elizabeth Friend

Role: Recruitment Coordinator

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Class of 2020 (Senior)

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
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Abrasive Water Jet TA/ Student 3D Printing TA
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers


  • Pratt & Whitney NBAS Manufacturing Engineering Intern
  • Pratt & Whitney Hot Section Engineering Process Certification Intern

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, Ian Steenstra, Diana Klyuchnik

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, Alyssa Borges, Emily Ortega, Ian Steenstra

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.

Optimizing Traffic Other Presenters: Fiona Flynn, Brook Rulewich, Allison Douglas

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

Corrosion in Concrete Other Presenters: Amy Reynolds, Carly Nadler

This presentation is about concrete and what engineers are doing to lengthen it's lifespan. The presentation explains what concrete is, how corrosion happens, and then discusses the potential solutions that are currently being developed by a variety of different engineers.