University of Leicester student to represent UK in world finals of academic contest

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Outstanding presentation by Leicester student makes him national winner of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining competition

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 May 2013

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A University of Leicester Engineering student has proved his mettle by beating off stiff competition to win the national 2013 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) final held in London.

Adam Brown (aged 25), a doctoral student from Solihull, was selected as the stand-out presenter in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining event.  He will now represent the UK at the world final of the YPLC to be held in Hong Kong later this year.

Adam’s talk was on Exploring the Use of Synchrotron X-Ray Scattering Methods to Detect Heterogeneous Nucleation.

He said: “Having been chosen as the regional winner I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to present my work in this prestigious national event. It was a privilege to present in such a stunning and atmospheric venue, and alongside the other participants; all of whom spoke very well and exhibited interesting work. I am surprised and proud to have been chosen as the winner and am very much looking forward to representing both the University and the UK at the world final in Hong Kong in October.”

Head of Engineering Professor Helen Atkinson said: “This is a well-established and highly prestigious competition and it is great to hear that one of our PhD students has won the national award and is going on to compete in the world event in Hong Kong.”

Graduate Dean, Professor Sarah Hainsworth said: “I am fortunate in being able to see something of the excellent research being undertaken by our doctoral candidates, but it is very pleasing when the quality of that research and the way it is communicated is also recognised outside of the University.”

Adam’s PhD supervisor, Professor Hong Dong, of the Department of Engineering, added: “Adam’s lecture is about his research on atomic scale characterisation of nucleation during metal casting. The project is challenging since it reveals the atomic interaction at the solid-liquid interface during casting. The finding from his research will provide an insight into nucleation and can have a huge impact in casting industry by providing guidance on finding new nucleating agents in metal castings. Adam is not only an excellent researcher, but also a good communicator and he can describe complex phenomena in a concise and meaningful way.”

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, and the Midlands Institute of Mining Engineers, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject. Candidates compete in a series of heats organised by local affiliated societies of the Institute, from which six regional candidates are selected to compete in the national final.

The final was held at the Armourers’ Hall, London. Competitors had to give a lecture of 15 minutes on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science.

The judging criteria was:

• Structure of the lecture, clarity of explanation and argument, neither assuming too much or too little knowledge on the part of the audience.

• Standard of presentation, clarity of diction, personal enthusiasm for the subject, ability to deliver lecture spontaneously.

• Clarity and relevance of any visual aids used.

• Calmness and competence in handling judges' questions.

• Technical content of the presentation.

• Ability to deliver a concise, meaningful summary at the end of main points.

• Clarity and relevance of the entrant's abstract.

Dave Evetts, Honorary Secretary of the East Midlands Materials Society, said: “I was delighted to be at the final and see Adam win. He gave an excellent presentation -just one more step to becoming the World champion now!”



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