The Annual Engineering Speaking Competition seeks to recognize University of Illinois engineering students who are excellent technical communicators. By recognizing these students in a public competition, Engineering Ambassadors seeks to show that University of Illinois students defy the stereotypes that engineers are poor communicators. The competition will consist of two rounds, with the final round being held on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 3-5 PM in Transportation Building 103. Contestants will display mastery over communication by creating a talk that addresses the prompt:
“Engineering a More Sustainable Future” There are no limits on what problem can be chosen, but the talk should present a clear engineering solution to an environmental, conservation, or sustainability issue. Excellent presentations will demonstrate a firm understanding of the engineering principles underlying the problem and the engineering techniques involved in your solution. Competitors do not need to be the unique inventor of the solution, but should credit sources and present information in a new and engaging way.The format for the talk should be derived from Engineering Ambassadors technqiues. (http://www.assertion-evidence.com/tutorial.html; https://vimeo.com/59914573) All presentations should have strong verbal and nonverbal communication elements. Visual aids and presentation slides are permitted but not required. If slides or visual aids are used, they will be judged with the same judging criteria as the verbal communication element (described by the rubrics provided in the Judging Criteria section). Contestants who advance to the final round will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their slides and visual aids. By applying to the competition, competitors agree that the talk submitted is their own unique work that does not consist of plagiarized material. To this end, competitors should cite sources as appropriate. Competitors should also refrain from blatant personal or corporate promotion. For updated information on the competition, visit this link here.