Zoe Westwater

Role: Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Sophomore


Pleasant Hill, CA


Wind Energy Other Presenters: Kianna Brevig, Leslie Chase, Dana Stevens, Samantha Bliss, Vincent Arena, Tyler Brown, Mallory Gordon

This presentation will introduce the importance of the development of alternative energies to reduce America’s traditional dependency on oil. Wind energy will be the focus of the presentation as the technology will be described. The presentation will then focus on the engineering designs of the wind turbines. The hands-on activity will involve the students in designing the wind turbine blades. Sponsored by CURENT Engineering Research Center

Structures Other Presenters: Enxhi Marika, David Lau, Lauren Stenroos, Mallory Gordon, Hilary Fiorentino

This presentation explores architecture through an engineering perspective. The history of structures, fundamental engineering concepts, and a structural analysis of modern buildings are all included. Using these understandings, a look into the future of architecture is possible.

Engineering Solutions to Fighting Forest Fires Other Presenters: Amy Bredes

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.