Nadine finds her voice

22 March 2017

The judges and participants at the GCU-hosted heat.

The judges and participants at the GCU-hosted heat.

Engineering student Nadine Anderson found her voice – and it won her a place in the final of the Speak Out for Engineering competition.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) hosted the west of Scotland heat of the competition, which is organised annually by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the professional body which accredits a number of GCU programmes.

The competition provides young engineers with an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their verbal and visual presentation skills and competence in public speaking.

Nadine, a BEng(Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Level 3 student, gave an oral presentation on Biomimetics: Engineering Inspired by Nature, with 90% of the total marks being awarded for presentation skills and 10% for technical content.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie was among the judges of professionals selected by IMechE, as was GCU’s Dr Andrew Cowell. Patrick Ruddy, of Rolls Royce Inchinnan, completed the panel.

There were three other contestants on the night: Serban Buliga from the University of Glasgow, Zoe Dickson from the University of Strathclyde and Connor Grant, a recent graduate from GCU’s BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering programme who is now working at Thales in Glasgow.

Nadine will join runner-up Serban in the final, to be held in Edinburgh on Saturday, March 25. The winner of the final will be presented with the Philip Hilton Trophy and a cash prize.

Dr Cowell, Programme Lead for Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering, said: “The standard of entries this year was very high and it was a very difficult decision to select the winner from the four contestants.  However, all the judges agreed that Nadine was a worthy winner and I wish her all the best for the Scottish final.”