IOM3 News Article

Presenting the winner of the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition

John Forsdike from Rolls Royce plc has won the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition held on 25 April. Beating off competition from six other younger members, each representing a UK region, his presentation on ‘‘Blisks’ and their role in Aero-Gas Turbines’ scooped the medal and £750 prize for the southwest.

The annual competition which sees Institute members under the age of 28 compete for first place, is supported by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, and this year the final of the competition took place in their Armourers’ Hall in central London. Forsdike’s accessible presentation concentrated on blisks (bladed discs), and considered their limitations in terms of ease of repair, as well as their possible role in helping to reduce NOx emissions and noise pollution in civilian aircrafts. Forsdike was commended for his enthusiasm, high quality slides and superb presentation skills.

Sitting on the judging panel were Dr Phil Bischler from the IOM3 Local Affairs Board, Vishal Shah from the Younger Members’ Committee and Richard Dolby, President of IOM3. Bischler commented, ‘There has been a tremendously high standard.’

In second place and receiving £400 was Martin McMullan from the University of Ireland who gave an insightful lecture on producing an implantable sensor to measure lactate levels in adults. Richard Beal representing the southeast won third prize and £200. His talk entitled ‘Plastic Solar Cells’ considered the difficulties in scaling up production for commercial manufacture.

Forsdike will go on to represent the UK in the World Young Persons’ Lecture Competition to be held in Singapore in August.

For further details about either competition, please contact Sarah Boad, tel: 01926 430185, e-mail:

Date Posted: 3 May 2007

Other news stories