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 knowledge and ingenuity of an engineer.


Cape Cod, MA

Extracurricular Activities

  • Foundry Club
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Fencing Club
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Lifeguard
  • RCOS


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

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

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, Parth Bhide

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.