Eight engineering students gathered to compete in Presentation Idol’s final round last week. Selected by judges from industry and BCIT faculty from a field of 23 first round entrants, all presentations were professional and seamless; any of them could have won a less competitive event.
From green roof technology to highway design, presentations encompassed a range of engineering topics.
In the end, Electrical and Computer Engineering student T.J. Moon wowed both audience and judges, taking home $1500 in first place prizes for his presentation on Instrument Landing Systems.
Audience members voted for Mechanical Engineering student Tariq Shobab’s enjoyable presentation on the importance of engineering psychology for the second place $400 prize, and Electrical Engineering student Sean Garrity’s presentation on BCIT’s new Engineering Student Society for the third place $300 prize.
Judges had a difficult task, but were very experienced: VP Education Paul Dangerfield, Academic Studies Associate Dean Patricia Sackville, School of Energy Associate Dean Craig Cowan, and Architectural and Building Engineering Technology Associate Dean, Wayne Hand. In the end they awarded second place honours ($700) to Mechanical Engineering student Kurtis Lynes for his detailed and informative presentation, Diesel Engine Fuel Injection and Emissions Control Technology, and third place ($400) to Sean Garrity.
First place winner T.J. Moon had experience presenting in his native Korean, but was not sure he could compete in English, and registered only at the last minute after receiving encouragement from his communication instructors.
After winning first place for his hilarious and technically informative presentation, T.J. said he felt “speechless.” “I learned that a little humor speaks to everyone, everywhere, and every time,” he said.
John Jenness, a Mechanical Engineering Instructor, emphasized “today’s technology and engineering students absolutely need this communication skill set.” This sentiment was echoed by many – if you have the best idea in the world but cannot communicate about it, you cannot sell it.
With funding from the School of Computing and Academic Studies, School of Energy, and School of Construction and the Environment, Presentation Idol was organized by Communication instructors Deanna Levis, Katherine Golder and Darlene Webb, and Cynthia van Ginkel, School of Computing and Academic Studies Business Development Manager.
The event could not have taken place without the support of sponsors including the BCIT Alumni Association, Pearson Publishing, AME Group, Omicron, McGraw Hill, KD Engineering, Wiley Publishing, APEGBC and Jade West Engineering.