Grad Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rasmussen


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Elizabeth Rasmussen

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington – Seattle

Elizabeth has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2012. She currently serves as a Professional Graduate Team Leader on the Graduate Leadership Team. She was Michigan Tech’s SWE section webmaster for two years and chaired the Certificate of Merit outreach program that recognized and encouraged over 600 high school girls across 3 states who excelled in math and science classes. She also developed a workshop on campus to teach 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills to students and local community members. In addition, she has contributed to several events involving SWE over the years, such as: Registration Chair for the 2013 Region H conference, volunteer and participant for Michigan Tech’s SWE Evening with Industry Dinner and Networking Event, and student volunteer at the SWE Annual Conference talks.

Elizabeth has received numerous scholarships/awards including the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Grant, Michigan Tech Presidential Distinction Scholarship, has been awarded as a American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Kenneth Roe Scholar. Her research work has been recognized internationally as a part of the ASME Young Engineer’s Paper Contest, and she has won numerous conference presentation awards including placing 2nd at the 2014 National Society of Women Engineers Conference. In the past year, she has also become a co-inventor on two pending patent applications. Congratulations, Elizabeth, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am currently a thesis based Master of Science (MS) candidate in the College of Engineering at University of Washington – Seattle with plans to continue onto my PhD. My major is Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in thermo-fluids. My expected MS graduation date is June of 2018.

Give a brief explanation of your research experience.

During my undergraduate education, I was inspired on all the innovation happening in fluid mechanics and heat transfer sector of mechanical engineering. Understanding fluid flow affects all industries ranging from healthcare and microfluidics, to the energy industry and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power generation. My current research focuses on thermal management of electronics; specifically, I am interested in high reliable liquid cooling for high heat semiconductors such as those found in computer servers, automotives, and solar cells. The results from this research will be transformational in making energy efficient current standards, while enabling future advancements. Thus, this research is integral in the improvement of computational, transportation, and energy practices.

What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?

I want to be a subject matter expert in my field, and along the road of my career inspire others to find their own subject to master and then go out and master it! Given this, I would like to continue working in a research and development role in either an industry, or government sponsored laboratory. I interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for two summers and had an amazing experience there, and think it would be an honor to be able to return.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

I love to trail run, road bike, and paint. I am also a fierce competitor when it comes to Monopoly, and Settlers of Catan.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have a passion for a wide variety of music, ranging from Rachmaninoff to Kids These Days.


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