KAJANG, 24TH JULY – Shashitharan Velosamy, representative of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), championed over his competitors in ‘National Speak Out for Engineering (SOfE) Malaysia 2017’ with his presentation entitled “Hyperloop: We Make Time for You”. Held on 22nd July 2017 at Dewan Kuliah 1, College of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) from 12pm to 6pm, the event was organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineering (iMechE), where a total of seven universities, inclusive of UNITEN, competed in this event.
Lai Lie How, organizer of the event commented cheerfully on national SOfE 2017, “It is our club’s pleasure to host this national level competition that allows contestants to compete and present their topics related to any engineering field. The event turned out to be a success and I’m very blessed for all the help I have received throughout the whole journey. Huge thanks to YMS-IMechE authorities, IMechE officers, Mr. Chua Yaw Long as our liaison officer, a few lecturers and last but not least, all the club’s committee members for coming together and making this event a huge success. In addition, I would also like to thank our university for the kind support and services.”
SOfE, originally established in 1964, served to challenge young engineers to prove that they could communicate effectively, which is an important skill for today’s developing engineer. The competition has been adapted over the course of time to allow greater participation, but the original theme of communicating effectively still remains the emphasis of the competition. This Speak out for Engineering competition invites contestants to use their talents to deliver a presentation to a group of people who may know little about engineering in an era where effective communication is vital.
Contestants from all over Malaysia came and presented their interesting ideas, new technological advancements and also fascinating research findings. Besides UNITEN, contestants from Monash University Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, INTI International University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Multimedia University also took part in the competition, judged by prestigious judges, Mr. Jeswan Singh, Mr. NJ Singam and Ir.Danaraj Chandrasegaran.
Yong Jin Ling, one of the many members of the audience, stated that the event’s flow was smooth sailing, and no delay was present throughout the event. “The presentation by the presenters were a sight to behold, I’ve gained so much additional knowledge that will not be obtained in the classroom and I’m looking forward to more of these kind of events. The judge’s evaluations were on point, and I’ve even learned some tips to improve my presentation; overall a beneficial event.”, he commented, fully satisfied.
Another member of the audience, Kwong Guo Shun explained his thoughts throughout the competition, “This event was a really good exposure on what our engineering community, undergraduates and graduates likewise, have an impression in terms of engineering development and how it affects all the minuscular happenings in our daily life. Event was pretty much well concluded and all in all I am quite satisfied with it.” He is also looking forward for future events organised by IMechE UNITEN Student Chapter.
At the end of the day, winner, Shashitharan Velosamy recorded his feelings of surprise. In astonishment, he commented, “I feel grateful for being chosen as the champion, I hope this inspires more UNITEN students to take part in speaking activities. I would also like to thank IMechE UNITEN Student Chapter for their support!”.
We, from NADi, would like congratulate Shashitharan Velosamy on winning SOfE Malaysia 2017. May you continue to triumph and here’s hoping that other students will follow you in your footsteps. Best of luck for any of your future endeavours!
Written by: Aliya Nur Najieha Binti Husain Ahmad
Photo source: Tee Jia Jian