Barbara Padilla

Role: Member

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2017 (Junior)

I believe engineers are the future, we are here to build a better tomorrow. So today we have to go out and pull in more of us. It's a big planet. There's a lot to do. So let's get started.


San Diego, California

Extracurricular Activities

  • Club Rugby
  • The Players
  • Chem E Car

Favorite Quote

Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow - LRH


Engineering and Eco-Friendly Material Other Presenters: Jacqueline Sanchez

This presentation explores an Eco-friendly material used in construction: Light Weight Concrete. Students are exposed to some of the material’s history, composition, properties, as well as present and future uses. The hands-on activity allows students to make their own light weight concrete samples.

Reaction Action Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Michael Wentworth

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.