Erin Goodwin

Role: Member

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2019 (Junior)

Engineering is important to me because it helps our society evolve and keep moving towards a more educated world.

Hometown

Kensington, CT

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Tetra Engineering
  • Momentive Performance Materials, Fluids Intern

Presentations

Cellular and Tissue Engineering Other Presenters: Jennifer Vincent, Tyler Graf, Casey-Ellen Collette, Sarah Mogan

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.

Reaction Action Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Daniel Reed, Luke Cherniack, Ian Steenstra

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.

Nanotechnology Other Presenters: Michael Miller, Leili Tootsov

This presentation allows students to understand the engineering that goes on at a scale smaller than most think is possible. Nanotechnology is an up-and-coming topic in materials engineering. This presentation starts by describing the nanoscale and how small it really is. From there, it shows how materials at the nanoscale, or nanomaterials, have different properties than those at a larger scale. This presentation shows the wide range of nanomaterial applications, including targeted drug delivery, a method of combining nanomaterials and medicine to prevent the medicine from getting to unnecessary parts of the body.