Zoe Westwater

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Senior

Hometown

Pleasant Hill, CA

Presentations

Engineering Solutions to Fighting Forest Fires Other Presenters: Amy Bredes, Elizabeth Friend

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.