Mackenzie Lucas, Project Engineer Intern
Student at Colorado State University
Mackenzie Lucas is a Chemical and Biological Engineering student at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a student there, she has worked on various research and design projects in the last few years. These include the design of seven different graphical user interfaces that can quickly and accurately calculate a variety of fluid properties.
During the Fall of 2021, Mackenzie teamed up with the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help run mass testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk across the United States. She worked within their lab to take in large amounts of samples that needed to be processed and tested within a short period of time. This helped her acquire the skill to work in a fast-paced laboratory setting.
In addition, Mackenzie is a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as well as a part of the honors program. She is currently preparing her honors thesis on how to genetically engineer corals to resist bleaching. Also, she is preparing her senior design project that will be completed during her final year at CSU.
As an intern with Forte Analytical, Mackenzie has become familiar with the sample preparation and analytical testing parts of the mining process and will be taking on a project of her own. This project involves using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) data to find a correlation between certain elements found in a sample and the sample’s physical permeability. Although Mackenzie’s work has been primarily in the biological field, she is incredibly excited to work with Forte Analytical as a project engineering intern and further her engineering and technical skills.