The following model presentations by engineering undergraduates arise from a speaking contest run each semester at Pennsylvania State University. The contest calls for engineering students to present an engineering solution to a societal problem. The students in the contest are part of a required speech course. The student presentations given here are outstanding examples from these contests. Accompanying some of the talks are handouts, which in a professional situation would be distributed to the audience after the talk.
Nicole Gallegor, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, discusses a better material for bridge construction.
Kristina Gans, a senior in biological engineering, discusses an innovative way to package foods.
Kate Waskiw, a sophomore in industrial engineering, discusses a better way for Moringa seeds to clean water.
Amel Awadelkarim, a junior in engineering science, discusses an innovative way to construct buildings.
Alison Willie, a sophomore in civil engineering, discusses a way to reduce ghost pots in crabbing. These ghost pots cause the needless killing of many underwater creatures.
Rachel Perini, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, discusses a more effective approach in hip replacement surgery.
Greg Schnur, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, discusses autonomous vehicles.
Clips of three engineering students speaking at the inaugural Leonhard Center Speaking Contest.
Isaac Moore, a junior in mechanical engineering from Penn State, presents a special kind of prosthetic that can treat age-related macular degeneration (associated handout).
Holly Cardillo, a junior in bioengineering from Penn State, discusses immunotherapy, which is a new approach to treat cancer (associated handout).
Mimi Overbaugh, a sophomore mechanical engineer from Penn State, shows how osseointegration can improve prosthetics for lower-limb amputees (associated handout).
Kevin Bunce, a junior in industrial engineering from Penn State, discusses the printing of human organs. Such printing addresses the need for more replacement organs.
Andrew Gricks, a junior in mechanical engineering from Penn State, discusses how fish ladders can be used to increase salmon populations in the Northwest.
Kelli Lenze, a first-year engineering student at Penn State, presents a way to slow the spread of malaria among children in Africa.