Aston student wins national IET Competition

 Graham Lee
15 August 2011

Aston University PhD student, Graham Lee, has won this year’s UK final of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around the World competition.

His talk entitled ‘Machining in a world smaller than a human hair’ impressed the judging panel at the event, which was held in Birmingham City Centre, at the IET’s Austin Court facility.

This annual, international competition, allows students and young professionals at various stages of their studies and career to talk for ten minutes on an engineering or technology subject of their choice, followed by a further question and answer session. The presentation can cover a subject studied for a degree or a project they are involved in at work, with the judging split 25 per cent technical content and 75 per cent presentation skills.

Graham, who is studying for a PhD with the Photonics Research Group at Aston University, competed against 23 National Local Networks and 39 International Local Networks in the UK final, with Graham already winning throughlocal and regional heats of the competition. He now goes through to compete in the international final which will be held in London in November.

The finalists were:

  • Graham Lee (Midlands) “Machining in a world less than the width of a human hair”
  • Adam Gedge (South West) – “Near Field Communications”
  • Hayley Smith (South East) – “Foil studies for ISIS Injection Upgrades”
  • Joy Brahma (Northern) – “Superluminescent diode”