Francesca LaPinta

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Class of 2021 (Junior)

Hometown

Queens, New York

Extracurricular Activities

  • IPERSIST Calculus Senior Mentor
  • RPI Society of Women Engineers: Summer Arch Representative

Favorite Quote

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." -Albert Einstein

Presentations

Design of An Athlete Other Presenters: Tyler Graf, Jennifer Vincent, Timothy Spafford, Enxhi Marika, Carly Nadler, Allison Douglas, 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, Allison Douglas, 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.