First place for Ireland in YPWLC
On 22 October 2015, Kevin Doherty (pictured right) represented Ireland and took first prize at the 11th Young Persons' World Lecture Competition at the final in Drogheda - only the second time a local finalist has won the world final on home turf.
His lecture, New Thermal Control Material Systems for Interplanetary and Geosynchronous Spaceflight, fascinated the audience and judges and marked him as a clear winner. Second prize went to Kaushik Parida from Singapore with his lecture, Piezoelectric Energy Harvest: Converting Ambient Mechanical Energy to Useful Electrical Energy, judges commended his presentation skills and his use of visual aids. Third place was awarded to Mariana Viegas Greco de Oliveira who represented the 2016 host country, Brazil. Mariana's lecture, Biomimetics: What Can Nature Teach an Engineer?, was a hit with the judges and mesmerised children at a local school earlier in the week.
The nine finalists were treated to an all expenses paid week away in Dublin and Drogheda, where they experienced the local culture and visited local businesses and schools. The Young Persons' Lecture Competition is an annual competition that 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 subjects. Entrants participate in local heats that culminate in a world final.
Thanks to primary sponsors, CBMM (representative Georgia Gomes Bemfica pictured left, above) and to Siobhan Matthews of SCF Processing who helped co-ordinate the week-long visit. Thanks also go to Rolls-Royce that support the event.