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Final year MEng Medical Engineering student Christobel Gondwe awarded at Speak Out for Engineering

Published: Wed 18 Feb 2015

Speak Out for Engineers is an annual competition, first introduced in 1964 and led by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The competition seeks and awards for the art of communicating effectively, both visually and verbally, in discovering the next generation of talented engineers.

Students studying courses at the School of Engineering, accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), automatically become a member for IMechE. The membership provides opportunities for students, one which Christobel Gondwe, final year MEng Medical Engineering student, took full advantage of when the Speak Out for Engineers opportunity arose.

Christobel entered the Speak Out for Engineers competition, and after receiving second prize for the South and West Yorkshire region, she went up against the rest of Yorkshire with her talk on Computational Biomechanics/BIONICS, and its applications in clinical therapeutics namely Bionics and robotics.  Against stiff competition, she impressed the panel and was awarded second prize; with first prize being awarded to a senior engineering manager for National Rail.

Speaking about the competition, Christobel said;

“It was humbling to be able to communicate with such respected people within Engineering. The experience just shows that as long as you are passionate about something, the sky’s the limit.”

After being awarded the second prize she was invited along to the prestigious Yorkshire Annual Regional Dinner for Speak Out for Engineers. At the dinner she presented her talk again on Computational Biomechanics/BIONICS to; guests, higher fellows and directors of the IMechE.

Christobel is currently completing her MEng at the University of Bradford and is currently applying for a PhD. She has also been asked to be part of the panel for the Speak Out for Engineers competition next year.

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