Lecture Competition Brings Together Young Materials Engineers from Around the Globe

Five young materials and minerals scientists and engineers from around the globe will come together in London on 21 June to compete in the first World Young Persons' Lecture Competition, organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The finalists include young people from as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and the USA as well as the UK.

The World Young Persons' Lecture Competition is an initiative of the Institute's Younger Members Committee, and is a development of the Institute's UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition which has grown substantially in the last ten years. This year's inaugural competition has been supported by Rolls-Royce plc.

The quantity and quality of entries, both from industry and academia, has been outstanding in recent years, and the event is seen by students and young graduates in the materials, minerals and mining community as a tremendous opportunity to develop their presentation and technical skills. As a quarter of the Institute's 22,000 members reside outside the UK, the global competition is a means of involving non-UK younger members in such an event.

The participants in the final of the WLC, are as follows:

  • Johnny Kar-Ho Au, Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong, 'Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for Reinforced Concrete Structures'.
  • Eleanor Merson, University of Leeds, UK, 'Chevron Cracks in Steel Welds'.
  • Emily Schmidt, Florida, USA, 'Design Concept Development for Contact Lens Characterization'.
  • Libby Sharman-Harris, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 'The Use of Sulphur-Isotope Analysis towards the Understanding of the Formation of Sulphide Minerals in the Platreef, Northern Limb, Bushveld Complex, South Africa'.
  • Eric Kan, Singapore, 'Nanocrystalline Germanium for Memory Applications: Small Dots with Big Potentials'.
For more details, visit www.iom3.org/ymc/wlc.htm.

Chief Executive of the Institute, Dr Bernie Rickinson, is firmly supportive of the competition. 'Communication and presentation skills are vitally important for any career. Building upon the tremendous interest shown by young people for the UK Lecture competition, this new global event positions the Institute as the international focus for young people in our community. I would fully expect to see additional overseas branches taking part in subsequent years'.

Notes for editors
  1. The World Lecture Competition final for 2005 will take place on 21 June in conjunction with the 4th Materials Research Conference, which is being organised by the Institute's Younger Members' Committee. More details at www.iom3.org/ymc/mrc4.htm. The event is being held at the IOM3 headquarters at 1 Carlton House Terrace in London.
  2. For further enquiries relating to the World Lecture Competition, contact Dr Brett Suddell, e-mail: b.c.suddell@iom3.org
  3. Rolls-Royce plc operates in long-term businesses, and relies heavily on innovation to ensure that future generations of products contain the leading edge technologies required to make them market leaders in terms of performance, reliability and life-cycle cost. The company invests in technology and capability that can be exploited in this way. It acquires technologies through its co-ordinated 'Vision' programme that is designed to address real business requirements and, wherever possible, find application across more than one business sector.

Date Posted: 16 June 2005

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