P18318: Automatic Extend-Retract Hydraulic Restraint System for Amusement Rides

Alison Wright

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Alison Wright is a 5th year Mechanical Engineering student who will graduate December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science.

Outside of classes, Alison likes to stay active with sports and outdoor activities. She also stays busy with on campus clubs. Alison just finished up her term as President of RIT Players, a theater group on RIT's campus that puts on 5-7 productions a year. She has been heavily involved in the club since her freshman year, acting in 7 shows and being on the Eboard for two years. Notable roles include Hope in Urinetown, Amber in Hairspray (with NTID), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and she is currently in the musical Cabaret as Kost/Kit Kat Klub dancer. Alison has done pretty much every aspect of theater from acting to tech to directing starting at the age of 8. She plans on continuing her involvement in theater after graduation.

Alison also participates in intramural soccer and volleyball and is on Eboard for RIT Improv, an improvisational club at RIT. She is involved with an unaffiliated improv troupe, Cherry Bomb, that performs at Indie Shows. She loves attending the club's weekly workshops to sharpen her improv skills and hanging out with all the friends she's made in the club.

Finally, Alison has completed five co-op experiences during her time at RIT. The first was in the technical support division at one of FirstEnergy's coal-fired power plants. This included a lot of hands on failure analysis and climbing into any machinery she could get into. Next, she co-oped at GE Aviation at their manufacturing facility of rotating parts in Wilmington, North Carolina. She mainly focused on process improvements and LEAN Manufacturing implementation. Her third and fifth co-ops were at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation (now the Naval Nuclear Laboratory), which is a company that supports the nuclear reactors on naval submarines and aircraft carriers. The only thing she can say about her time there was that she conducted extreme condition testing with the Noise Technology group the first time and did some design work for the facilities group in the Radiological Materials Laboratory the second time. Her fourth co-op was at Magnum Shielding Corporation, a manufacturer of braided motorcycle components for Harley Davidson and Drag. This was a smaller company where she got to work with operators on the line and was in charge of document control and creation of technical drawings.

Alison is from Cleveland, Ohio, so naturally she has had the privilege of going to Cedar Point countless times. She's always been a thrill-seeker enamored with the mechanics behind roller coasters. She will get to live out a childhood dream of doing a design for a device that will be part of a roller coaster with this project.

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