Students to compete, offer solutions in Leonhard Center speaking finals Sept. 16

Curtis Chan
September 06, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The finals for the Leonhard Center Speaking Contest will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

The event is the culmination of a competition involving hundreds of undergraduate engineering students who took CAS 100 Effective Speech during the spring semester and is designed to help students improve their presentation skills.

Eight finalists will each conduct a 10-minute presentation detailing a solution to a societal problem. The finalists and their topics are:

-- Holly Cardillo, bioengineering -- "Immunotherapy to Treat Cancer"

-- Iselin Froybu, mechanical engineering -- "Improving Cancer Diagnoses with Supercomputers"

-- Braden Gourley, chemical engineering -- "High-Speed Rail for Sustainable Transportation"

-- Timothy Hackett, electrical engineering -- "Using TV White Space Bands for Wi-Fi Traffic"

-- Danielle Lesso, biological engineering -- "Miscanthus as a Biofuel for the Northeast U.S."

-- Isaac Moore, mechanical engineering -- "Addressing Age-Related Macular Degeneration Vision Loss with Telescope Prosthetics"

-- Jessica Smith, architectural engineering -- "Mitigating Urban Heat Islands with Green Roofs"

-- Matthew Tofani, civil engineering -- "Protecting New York City from Storm Surges"

The students will be judged by a panel that includes a faculty member, undergraduate student and graduate student.

The first-place winner will receive a $250 cash prize and the second-place winner will receive $200. Audience members will choose two favorites, each receiving a $150 prize. The remaining participants will each receive a $100 cash prize.

Latecomers are welcome and will be seated between speaking performances.

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