Monday, 16 October 2017

Two UWA engineering students have recently taken out first and second place at the Present Around The World (PATW) flagship event in Western Australia, hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The competition was open to all university students enrolled in STEM related courses and young professionals, under the age of 30.

The competition provides a platform for students and young engineers to develop and practice their public speaking and presentation skills by showcasing their research or work in 10 minutes. The student with the best presentation wins the competition and moves onto the National Final.

Brooke Krajancich, fourth year Bachelor of Philosophy student (Electrical Engineering and Mathematics), won the competition. Brooke presented her research project Correcting for Motion Artifact in Intraoperative Breast Cancer Imaging , and will now represent Western Australia at the National Final in Sydney, in April 2018.

Brooke said, “This experience has offered me invaluable networking opportunities and the opportunity to gain speaker coaching. Unexpectedly, however, this competition forced me to learn how to effectively take a cutting-edge, technical idea and break it down for a non-technical audience – something that I think will continue to be a useful skill as I pursue a career in this field.”

“My success would not have been possible without the support and assistance I received from my research supervisors – Dr Brendan Kennedy, Dr Andrea Curatolo and Dr Qi Fang from UWA,” said Brooke.

Xiong Xiao, first year PhD student (Oil and Gas Engineering), placed second in the competition. Xiong presented his research project Modelling Improvements in Enhanced Oil Recovery . Xiong would like to thank his project supervisors, Professor Eric May, Dr Darren Rowland and Dr Thomas Hughes, for their support.

The winner from the National Final will represent Australia in the Asia Pacific Final, and the regional winner will then represent the Asia Pacific region in the global final in London. All expenses are paid by the IET.

The IET is a global non-for-profit organisation from the UK. The IET are working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing their members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by or touch the work of engineers. It is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries.

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