Innovation, engineering and attention-grabbing communication took the stage last night in the inaugural Leonhard Center Speaking Contest for engineers. Eight finalists from CAS100A classes were engineering undergraduates who excelled last semester and then were selected in the opening rounds of the contest. The purpose of the event was to provide all undergraduates within the college excellent student models of engineering presentations.
Topics of the speeches ranged from alternatives to traditional prosthetic limbs, a look at the improvement of structural engineering for One World Trade Center, innovation to dams and hydroelectric power, artificial hearts, malaria nets, and many other topics relating to engineering. There were three judges who picked the winner of the event at the end of the night along with a second place and honorable mentions. Mimi Overbaugh won the $250 grand prize for her talk on prosthetic devices when she interacted with an amputee while helping with a service project in her home town of Pittsburgh.