Emily Ortega

Role: Member

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2021 (Junior)

Engineering is important to me because it creates a bridge between my interests and solving real-world problems.


North Bergen, NJ

Extracurricular Activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers: President
  • ChemE Car: President
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Research
  • I-PERSIST Chemistry Mentor


  • Formulation Development Co-op, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Favorite Quote

"I know it's easy to imagine, but it's easier to just do. See, if you can't do what you imagine, then what is imagination to you?" - Kid Cudi


Wind Energy Other Presenters: Allison Douglas, Carly Nadler, Rachel Stagnitti, Mallory Gordon, Samantha Bliss, Dana Stevens, Leslie Chase, Kianna Brevig, Jonathan Minchala

This presentation will introduce the importance of the development of alternative energies to reduce America’s traditional dependency on oil. Wind energy will be the focus of the presentation as the technology will be described. The presentation will then focus on the engineering designs of the wind turbines. The hands-on activity will involve the students in designing the wind turbine blades. Sponsored by CURENT Engineering Research Center

Fluid Dynamics Other Presenters: Dana Stevens, Parth Bhide, Enxhi Marika, Rachel Stagnitti, Samantha Wong

This presentation introduces the basics concepts behind the science of fluid dynamics – the study of forces on fluids in motion – and addresses the importance of fluid dynamics in society. It explores how engineers look at nature for inspiration and then dives into the most interesting applications in everyday life.

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

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.

Mathematics and Path Finding Robots Other Presenters: Lily O'Halloran, Nikhilas Murthy, Matthew Jahnes, David Glowny, Timothy Spafford, Jonathan Minchala, Alyssa Borges, Diana Klyuchnik

The presentation begins with examples and definitions of a robot, algorithm, and path finding. Then we start a small discussion on the applications of mathematics in robotics by providing examples of both simple and complex applications. We break mid-presentation for the hands on activity. The hands on activity mostly involves the simple equation: circumference * # of rotations = distance traveled. The end goal of the activity is to have the kids program a small NXT robot to move and pick up a ball without using trial and error. We give them a handout that has the recommended paths and distances the robot should cover as well as information on the dimensions of the robot so they can make the calculations. After the hands on activity we close the presentation with a short discussion on modeling the behavior of some small single celled organisms (E-coli) with mathematical algorithms as well as the future of path finding robotics (like autonomous cars).

Engineering Solutions to Fighting Forest Fires Other Presenters: Amy Bredes, Zoe Westwater, Elizabeth Friend, Alyssa Borges, 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.

Rising Sea Levels Other Presenters: Rachel Kolveck

Learn about the problems associated with Rising Sea Levels and how society is stepping up to the challenge especially in regards to civil and environmental engineering.

Nano-fluidics Other Presenters: Kenton Johnson, Leili Tootsov

Teaching students about the principles of particle fluid and particle wall interactions on a nanoscale, looking at applications of this in the engineering field, and even facilitating a fun and competitive hands on activity.