The IET Present around the World (PATW) Competition
Global competition for students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18-26 years
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Winners and Finalists
Present around the World Global final 2013
Four regional finalists participated in a very competitive competition at the IET awards ceremony in London on 20 November 2013, hosted by Liz Bonnin, presenter, biochemist and animal biologist.
Christopher Bellamy won the Global Final after competing in the Coventry and Warwickshire Network competition then in the UK Midlands Area final at Coventry University, and then the UK Regional Final in Glasgow. The runner-up was Kelsey Kennedy who first competed in the Western Australia Network competition, then in the Australia National final in Brisbane and subsequently won the Asia Pacific Regional Final in Brunei. They were awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and £500 respectively.
Christopher Bellamy - Global PATW Winner 2013
Christopher's presentation title was Suspending Disbelief - The Design, Manufacture and Testing of Carabiners.
View Christopher's presentation slides (PDF)
Throughout Chris’ childhood he loved all the good things that a budding engineer should – creating things, breaking things and solving problems. Despite this he never really understood what engineers actually did.
“I was fortunate enough to be offered a place to study engineering at the University of Cambridge after school, but if I am honest, I still wouldn’t have been able to tell anyone what engineers did. With all my family being doctors, I broke the mold and chose to spend 4 years studying something that I was absolutely fascinated by. I wasn’t aware of how great the consequences would be at the end of it.”
“I spent my university summers completing industrial experience. In my second year, I completed a placement at DMM Engineering. DMM design, manufacture and test height safety equipment for both industry and leisure users. As a keen climber and mountaineer this was a dream placement. Suddenly, I was able to use my design and engineering knowledge, to create products which I loved, could save lives and make people smile. Finally I understood what engineers did, and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do with my career.”
Chris’ completed his studies and went on to graduate in 2012. He has now joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Product Development Engineer where it appears that he could not be happier.
“It is an amazing opportunity to be part of a company that is as successful as Jaguar Land Rover at the moment. There is so much going on, and I am able to spend my days helping to create products which will bring so much joy to our customers. There is no limit to what you can achieve here; the only things holding me back are the limits of my intelligence and creativity.”
The PATW experience…
Chris only found out about the Present around the World competition just in time to join the first round at Warwick University.
“I spotted the competition just a couple of days before the first rounds were due to take place. After a couple of long nights, I was able to scrabble together a presentation based upon my experiences at DMM Engineering during my summer placements there. I have always loved the challenge of public speaking and presenting, so the opportunity to do this to a new audience and a panel of judges was not to be missed.”
Chris’ presentation explored the design, manufacture and testing of carabiners. Carabiners are the lightweight, but extremely strong metal loops which are used to quickly and reversibly connect height safety components.
“The topic of carabiners is perfect for an engineering presentation for a number of reasons:
- It is something that I am extremely passionate about – being an avid climber and mountaineer.
- I have the experience of both designing and using them.
- They are fascinating pieces of engineering that most people will have trusted their lives in, but never considered how they were designed, made or tested.
- They are visual and tactile objects, which allow the presentation to be very interactive.”
Chris went through three rounds before reaching the global final in London. He first competed in the Coventry and Warwickshire Network competition, before progressing through the UK Midlands area heat in Coventry and the United Kingdom Regional final in Glasgow.
“Each of the rounds was fantastic fun. Seeing the other presentations and presenters was a big highlight. It’s not very often you get to learn about 5 or 6 fascinating projects in just a couple of hours. I always left the events brimming with ideas, contacts and inspiration.”
“The competition is really unusual because you get to present on the same topic each time as you progress through the rounds. This allows you to adapt, modify and tweak the presentation each time. Each round, the audience got slighting larger, but your confidence had grown and you had improved based on your feedback. However, the Global final was ten times bigger than the UK final! So the presentation had to have some major adaptions to make it suitable for the big stage. I am glad that the audience enjoyed it so much.”
“The Global final was a really special event, there was a fantastic sense of occasion. The venue was spectacular, the audience were brilliant and it was great to get to know the other competitors from around the world. The trip up the Shard afterwards was a truly memorable way to polish it off.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to think that I was able to entertain over 200 people for 10 of their precious minutes. Public speaking and performing have always given me a huge buzz. I used to love drama and productions at school, but chose to pursue engineering instead. Being able to combine both engineering and performance is the perfect mix.”
“In the future I want to continue to use and develop the presentation and performance skills which I have. Firstly, I need presentation material. Through my work at Jaguar Land Rover, and projects in my own time, I will be pursuing as many exciting things as I possibly can. I don’t have much time for the status quo, so am very happy to stand out, have new ideas and move the world forward. Should my ideas happen to be successful, then it will be great fun to share them with the world.”
“I’ll also be using my presentation skills to try and inspire the next generation of engineers. Whether this is in schools, through networks or at events, I hope that I can use my energy, enthusiasm and presentation skills to demonstrate just how rewarding the world of engineering is.”
“Whatever I do, I will try to make our world as happy and exciting as possible, and have as much fun as I can in the process”
Brief synopsis for Global finalists 2013
Asia Pacific - Runner-up
Kelsey Kennedy received her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at The University of Western Australia, under the supervision of Prof. David Sampson. Her research focuses on the development of optical techniques for imaging the mechanical properties of tissues, especially toward improved guidance of breast cancer surgery. She enjoys working on cross-disciplinary projects in engineering and medicine, and is passionate about science communication. Kelsey is a member of the IET Western Australia Young Professionals Committee.
Kelsey's presented on Imaging the mechanical properties of breast tissue.
Americas - Regional finalist
Macauley Kenney graduated in 2013 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts with highest honours for her Batchelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her senior project, for which she was a department finalist, was on the development of “A Titania Nanotube Anti-Inflammatory System for use in Subcutaneous Biosensors”. Following graduation Macauley worked on co-authoring an article on urban drainage in informal settlements, a continuation of her junior year work in Cape Town, South Africa.
Europe, Middle East and Africa - Regional finalist
Hassan Al-Ismail graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. After graduation, he worked at Saudi Aramco as an exploration geophysicist until late 2012. Thereafter he was sponsored by the company to pursue a Master’s degree in seismic geophysics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Saudi Arabia.
Hassan's presented on Seismic interferometry, a way to solve near surface problems.
View Hassan's presentation slides (PDF)
South Asia - Kennevor was unable to attend the global final.
Kennevor Dariel Gileado Kharsyntiew is a second year Computer Science Engineering student at Saveetha School of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He currently has a solo music project called “The Last Words of My Serenade”. His interests include computer hardware and software development with a special interest in game development. His hobbies include football and basketball, playing the guitar and piano, singing and composing.
Kennevor's presentation is on Li - Fi
Present around the World Local Network Winners and Runners-up 2012/13
|Anglian Coastal (Northern)||Christopher Applegate||Thomas Le Cornu|
|Anglian Coastal (Southern)||Bayar Menzat||Santhosh Govindaraju|
|Birmingham||Evelyne Patras||Dennis Formosa|
|Bristol||Faraz Khan||Adam Hill|
|Cambridge||Simon Wood||Michael Youtsos|
|Coventry and Warwickshire||Christopher Bellamy||Kimberley Coleman|
|Devon and Cornwall||Nathan Edge||-|
|Dorset and South Wiltshire||Rachel Warnett||-|
|Durham||Zoe Burton||Mark Lawson|
|East Midlands||Nicola Greene||Hannah Latham|
|Kent||Sarumi Modupeola||Ahmed Taha|
|London||Stephen Tay||Lewis Frampton|
|Manchester||Sheng Ji Tee||Joshua Elijah|
|Mersey and Western Cheshire||Oluyemi Jegede||-|
|Northern Ireland||Sable AMI Campbell||Josh Lockhart|
|North Scotland||Harriet Anne Aitken||James Fraser|
|North West Midlands||Shakeel Mohammad||Laurie-Ann Marshall|
|Oxfordshire||David Adkins||To Follow|
|Solent||John Wheal||Emily Barnes|
|Somerset and West Wiltshire||Marianthe Evangelidis||Yewande Gbadegesi|
|South East Scotland||Flaviu Cipcigan||Elsie Littlejohn|
|South West Scotland||Graeme McKinley||Ifeanyi Azolibe|
|South Wales||Owen Roberts||-|
|Surrey||Brian Starkey||Anthony Craufurd|
|Swindon||Thomas Burridge||Corin Singh|
|Africa - Ghana||Aaron A Yankey||Benjamin Adjei Mensah|
|Africa - Mauritius||Gooneshwaree Hurry||-|
|Africa - Nigeria||Onoriode Jonathan Obiegba||-|
|Asia Pacific - Brunei||Md Dzulhakim Ilham bin Hj Md Yassin||Frederick Tan Chong Yong|
|Asia Pacific - Hong Kong||Yoga Y Nadaraajan||Ka Chun Ho|
|Asia Pacific - Malaysia||Mei Ping Leong||Stephanie Anthony Louis|
|Asia Pacific - Singapore||Judy Yang Bin||Chayut Orapinpatipat|
|Australia - New South Wales||Scott Dennett||William Kuang|
|Australia - Queensland||Adam Clarke||Edward Bursinghaus|
|Australia - South and Northern Territories||Frank Langone||Pasindu Aluthwala|
|Australia - Tasmania||Samantha Connelly||-|
|Australia - Victoria||Nicholas Venables||-|
|Australia - Western||Kelsey Kennedy||Brett Thomas|
|Canada - Canadian Prairies - Calgary||Maria Yamamoto||Aaron Bridges|
|Canada - Canadian Prairies - Edmonton||Brendan Gillies||Roslynn Ricard|
|Canada - Montreal||Sergio Lando||Tamara Barbouti|
|Canada - Ottawa||Amish Servansig||Ujala Liaqat|
|Canada - Toronto||Cody Kupferschmidt||-|
|China - Beijing||Zhicong Tan||Jiang Yixuan|
|China - Shanghai||Jiahui Wang||Yanni Wang|
|China - Xi'an||Mengye Wang||Lizong Zheng|
|Europe - Czech Republic||Petra Satra||-|
|Europe - Cyprus||Charis Andreou||-|
|Europe - Hellas||Anastasios Latsas||-|
|Europe - Ireland||Pearl O'Rourke||Conor McGinn|
|Europe - Lithuania||Marius Baranauskas||Vytautas Matulaitis|
|Europe - Malta||David Oscar Vella||Luana Chetcuti Zammit|
|India - Bangalore||Prinkan Pal||Shruthi Rudramurthy|
|India - Chennai||Kennevor Dariel Gileado Kharsyntiew||Vijayaraghavan Deepika|
|India - Delhi||Ishan Arora||Ratnesh Mishra|
|India - Kolkata||Abhisbek Dey||Arshi Jahangir|
|India - Mumbai||Nandita Yadava Tondse||Prashant P Nair|
|India - Pune||Jaydeep S Deshpande||Shrishti Ganjoo|
|Middle East - Qatar||Jitaditya Mondal||Sarah Khorasani|
|Middle East - Saudi Arabia||Hassan Al-Ismail||Syed Sulthan Alaudeen Abdul Haroon Rashid|
|New Zealand - Auckland||Salah Al-Chanati||Abhijit Vinjimoore|
|New Zealand - Christchurch||Ashley Stewart||Jonathan de Wit|
|New Zealand - Wellington||Campbell Jamieson||Luke Frogley|
|South Asia - Sri Lanka||Kohomban Wickrama Jayasekara Charith||Mohamed N M Fazian|
|USA - Arkansas||Shardhha Thakkar||Srinikhil Gupta|
|USA - California||Scott Parmley||Michael Chastain|
|USA - Gulf of Mexico||Megan Poorman||Alyssa Bennett|
|USA - New England||Macauley Reardon Kenney||-|
Present around the World National (Area) Winners and Runners-up 2012/13
|Midlands||Christopher Bellamy||Nicola Greene|
|Northern||Harriet Anne Aitken||ShengJi Tee|
|South East||Stephen Tay||John Wheal|
|South West||Nathan Edge||Marianthe Evangelidis|
|Australia||Kelsey Kennedy||Nicholas Venables|
|China||Zhicong Wang||Mengye Wang|
|New Zealand||Luke Frogley||Abhijit Vinjimoore|
Present around the World Regional Winners and Runners-up 2012/13
|Americas||Macauley Reardon Kenney||Megan Poorman|
|Asia Pacific||Kelsey Kennedy||Judy Yang Bin|
|Europe, Middle East and Africa||Hassan Al-Ismail||Jitaditya Mondal|
|South Asia||Kennevor Dariel Gileado Kharsyntiew||Jaydeep S Deshpande|
|United Kingdom||Christopher Bellamy||Nathan Edge|
Metrics figures for 2012/13
26 UK Local Networks held competitions
46 International Local Networks held competitions
Four national (area) competitions were held in the UK
National competitions were held by Australia, China and New Zealand
Links to other pages
Video interviews with the global finalists (to follow)