Timothy Spafford

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Senior

Hometown

Wilbraham, MA

Presentations

Imagineering the Future Other Presenters: Amy Reynolds

A peek into how Disney engineers the theme parks we all know and love! Students learn the basics of potential and kinetic energy applications involved with roller coasters design and enjoyment. Simplifies the centripetal forces involved with the twists and turns. As well as friction and how it leads to the sudden stops that characterize many of Disney’s roller coasters. Students participate in a competition to design and build the best roller coaster inspired by a new understanding of forces, energy and Imagineering.

Snowboarding Other Presenters: Mallory Gordon

Take a journey through the history of snowboarding, and learn how a few dreamers with big ideas changed winter sports forever. From their materials and testing, to the physics of how they work, we break down snowboards to their core (literally) for one exciting ride.

Design of An Athlete Other Presenters: Tyler Graf, David Glowny, Enxhi Marika

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.

Mathematics and Path Finding Robots Other Presenters: Matthew Jahnes, David Glowny

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).

Digital Sound Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Brook Rulewich, Nickolas Ziter, Mallory Gordon, David Glowny, Denver Overend, Liam Fahey, Casey-Ellen Collette, Amy Reynolds

People rely on the engineering behind the science of sound everyday, whether its through listening to an Ipod, setting up speakers for a public event, or even through hearing aids. And yet, in this digital age, it is not clear to many people how exactly sound is stored in a digital device, what sound actually is, and how sound can be produced electronically. Therefore, this presentation displays and explains the intriguing engineering behind sound and its application in electronic devices.

Jet Engines Other Presenters: Vladimir Ramos-Vasquez, Michael Miller, Jaime Lord, Frederick Hole, Casey-Ellen Collette

This presentation provides an overview of how jet engines operate, describing each main component within the system. It also explores the vigorous testing processes that these engines must undergo, as well as the various uses for jet engines.