Ian Steenstra

Role: Member

Major: Computer And Systems Engineering

Year: Class of 2020 (Senior)

The complex problems of the world can be solved through the knowledge and ingenuity of an engineer.

Hometown

Centerville, MA

Extracurricular Activities

  • Phalanx Honor Society
  • Research: Internet of Things
  • Order of Omega Honor Society
  • Foundry Club
  • Google Student Innovator
  • Research: Dialog Systems & Artificial Intelligence
  • Research: Electric Grid
  • HackRPI
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Wayfair
  • Pratt & Whitney

Presentations

The Future of Light 2.0 Other Presenters: Michael Miller, Elizabeth Eckhardt, Leslie Chase, Kianna Brevig, Daniel Reed, Denver Overend, Elizabeth Friend, Diana Klyuchnik

The Engineering Ambassadors will present on the applications of digital lighting; Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for a multitude of applications beyond lighting. This includes communications and large scale applications of LED lighting systems. Students will be exposed to technological advances that they probably never imagined and how crucial they are to the electronic devices they enjoy in today’s world. The presentation is suited for but not limited to general middle school class, technology and physics (core, regents and AP) classes.

Oil Spill Cleanup Other Presenters: Luke Cherniack, Carly Nadler, Nickolas Ziter, Samantha Bliss, Jennifer Vincent, Sarah Mogan, Louis Caponi, Erin Goodwin, Allison Douglas

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.

Water Filtration Other Presenters: Eric Gayle, Amy Bredes, Mallory Gordon, Samantha Bliss, Erin Goodwin, Allison Douglas

The Engineering Ambassadors will introduce the National Academy of Engineering's grand challenge of providing clean drinking water to the world. Students will learn about our planets natural filtering process, the water cycle, and how a similar process has been engineered to filter our water. A portable solution to providing clean water after natural disasters will be introduced. The student's culminating consists of creating their own gravity filter. This presentation is best suited for an Earth Science class or a Living Environment class, but can also be applicable to a chemistry class.

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

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.

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

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.

Digital Sound Other Presenters: Nikhilas Murthy, Rohan Cherian-Ashe, Amy Reynolds, Casey-Ellen Collette, Liam Fahey, Denver Overend, David Glowny, Mallory Gordon, Nickolas Ziter, Brook Rulewich, Timothy Spafford, Jane Edgington, Jonathan Minchala, Alyssa Borges, Samantha Wong, Diana Klyuchnik

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Nanotechnology Other Presenters: Michael Miller, Leili Tootsov, Erin Goodwin, Amy Reynolds

This presentation allows students to understand the engineering that goes on at a scale smaller than most think is possible. Nanotechnology is an up-and-coming topic in materials engineering. This presentation starts by describing the nanoscale and how small it really is. From there, it shows how materials at the nanoscale, or nanomaterials, have different properties than those at a larger scale. This presentation shows the wide range of nanomaterial applications, including targeted drug delivery, a method of combining nanomaterials and medicine to prevent the medicine from getting to unnecessary parts of the body.