Ian Steenstra

Role: Member

Major: Computer And Systems Engineering

Year: Class of 2020 (Sophomore)

The complex problems of the world can be fixed through the creativity and ingenuity of an engineer.


Cape Cod, MA

Extracurricular Activities

  • Foundry Club
  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Lifeguard


Oil Spill Cleanup Other Presenters: Luke Cherniack, Carly Nadler, Nickolas Ziter, Samantha Bliss, Jennifer Vincent, Sarah Mogan

An overview of how oil spills affect ecosystems that directly affect our lives and how engineers are working with scientists to develop new technology to quickly and effectively recover these ecosystems from oil spill disasters.

Reaction Action Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Daniel Reed, Luke Cherniack, Erin Goodwin

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.

CURENT Solar Panel Program Other Presenters: (No other presenters)

This presentation encapsulates the program designed alongside CURENT to offer students the ability to build a PV Device Monitor and learn the academics that derive from the device's construction.