Rachel Stagnitti

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Class of 2019 (Alumni)

Engineering produces innovations that continually push the boundaries of what is possible. I love being able to contribute to ever-evolving fields and learning about how our world works. Engineers around me continue to inspire me every day.


Schenectady, NY

Extracurricular Activities

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Alpha Phi International Fratenity, Theta Tau Chapter
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • RPI Symphonic Band


  • General Electric Power Intern - Generator Mechanical Component, Summer 2018
  • General Electric Power Intern - Steam Accessories, Summer 2017
  • Extreme Molding Intern, Summer 2015 and 2016


Wind Energy Other Presenters: Emily Ortega, Allison Douglas, Carly Nadler, 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, Emily Ortega, 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.

Humanitarian Logistics Other Presenters: Fiona Flynn, Brook Rulewich, Tyler Graf, Andrew Gabbeitt, Daniel Reed, Nickolas Ziter, Louis Caponi, Ian Steenstra

An increasing number of disasters affecting communities worldwide has prompted the need to better prepare, respond and recover in order to reduce human suffering and loss of life and money. In response to that: the research community is uniting efforts on the investigation, documentation and analysis of recent disasters to better understand the dynamics and particularities of Post-disaster Humanitarian Logistics. The presenters talk about common misconceptions people have of what to donate to survivors and how engineering can be useful in the field of Humanitarian Logistics. Students then simulate a donation drive in a hands-on activity.

Jet Engines Other Presenters: Timothy Spafford, Vladimir Ramos-Vasquez, Michael Miller, Jaime Lord, Frederick Hole, Casey-Ellen Collette, Louis Caponi, Lily O'Halloran, Sai Vaishnav Chadalavada

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.

Designing A Safe Roller Coaster Other Presenters: Nikhilas Murthy, Louis Caponi, Casey-Ellen Collette, Carly Nadler, Amy Reynolds, Andrew Gabbeitt, Skyler Lafemina, Hilary Fiorentino, Frederick Hole, Denver Overend, Zoe Westwater, Jane Edgington, Elizabeth Eckhardt, Lily O'Halloran, Jonathan Minchala

Roller coasters are engineering marvels that provide the ultimate physical experience, but some people are fearful to take a ride on one. While there are many reasons, this presentation dispels the myths of poor safety and inherent risk involved with riding roller coasters. Three main aspects are analyzed including the effects of forces on the body, particular track design considerations, and restraining systems implemented on different coaster types.

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