Erin Goodwin

Role: Member

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2019 (Alumni)

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

  • Momentive Performance Materials, Fluids Intern
  • Tetra Engineering, Engineering Intern
  • SABIC, Resin Process Intern

Favorite Quote

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -Theodore Roosevelt

Presentations

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

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.

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

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, Ian Steenstra, Allison Douglas

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.

Reaction Action Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Daniel Reed, Luke Cherniack, Ian Steenstra, Parth Bhide, Casey-Ellen Collette, 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.

Thermoelectric Devices Other Presenters: Parth Bhide, Louis Caponi, Casey-Ellen Collette, Leili Tootsov, Jane Edgington, 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.

Nanotechnology Other Presenters: Michael Miller, Leili Tootsov, Amy Reynolds, Ian Steenstra

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.

Chemical Engineering Processes Other Presenters: Parth Bhide, Stuart Irwin, Luke Cherniack

An overview of chemical engineering, with a focus on process design. We cover reactors, separators, and control, highlighting the work ChemEs do to design a process.