Michael Wentworth

Role: Event Coordinator- Outreach

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: Class of 2017 (Senior)

Hometown

Shrewsbury, MA

Extracurricular Activities

  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, President
  • TRUDGE Ultimate Frisbee
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • RPI Outing Club
  • Phalanx

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Intern at GLOBAL FOUNDRIES
  • Co-Op at SABIC Plastics

Favorite Quote

“Being honest may not get you many friends but it’ll always get you the right ones” -John Lennon

Presentations

Iron Man- General Engineering Presentation Other Presenters: Dana Stevens, Mallory Gordon

Presentation that relates different aspects of Iron Man to types of Engineering. Generally includes 2-3 hands-on activities spread out throughout the presentation.

Engineering A Solution: The Chemistry Behind Oil Spill Cleanup Other Presenters: Nickolas Ziter, Samantha Bliss

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: Amy Bredes, Mallory Gordon, Samantha Bliss

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, Barbara Padilla

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.

Thermoelectric Devices Other Presenters: Jane Edgington, Leili Tootsov

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.