Prominent figures from engineering and business came together at Sheffield’s Cutler’s Hall to celebrate the industry’s successes at the prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Yorkshire Regional Dinner 2016.
The industry’s ‘Speak Out for Engineering’ competition, which puts Yorkshires young engineers’ presentation skills and knowledge for mechanical engineering to the test, came to a close with engineer Rasan Chandra, who qualified in the South Yorkshire Region Heat, being awarded first prize for his presentation ‘Abradables in Aero Engines’.
Now in its 52nd year, the competition saw entrants from across South and East Yorkshire showcase their knowledge for mechanical engineering in a presentation designed to showcase their ability to present complex concepts to people outside of the engineering sector.
This year’s event saw representatives from Yorkshire battle it out at a final which took place at Elevation Recruitments headquarters on Saturday April 9.
The black-tie awards evening saw winner Rasan Chandra receive The Philip Hilton Trophy and a £500 cash prize for his innovative presentation investigating the use of abradable linings within compressors and turbines to improve engine efficiency and minimise the consumption of aviation fuel.
The trophy, named in memory of Philip Hilton, was titled by IMechE in a bid to remember Hilton’s great deeds in promoting engineering across the region.
The competition, established in 1964, was organised by IMechE’s Volunteer Network and although it has evolved and adapted over time, the key message is still to challenge young engineers and provide them with a chance to demonstrate their public speaking and visual presentation skills.
The competitors conducted a presentation on a subject relating to mechanical engineering which was followed by questions and discussion from a prestigious panel of judges.