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The 8th ME Research Presentation Competition

2 Mar 2023

The 8th PolyU Mechanical Engineering Research Presentation Competition was successfully held on 2 Mar 2023. It is an annual event for research students to display their research project results and share knowledge with the PolyU community.

The Research Student Liaison Officer, Dr David Navarro-Alarcon, introduced the competition emphasizing academic pitching skills, with an aim to train research students to explain academic ideas to peers and non-experts clearly. The Associate Head (Research), Dr Tang Hui, addressed the opening of this 8th annual competition which has been bringing invaluable opportunities for ME research students’ talents to be known.

This year, we invited 15 academics from 3 main discipline areas (Control, Acoustics and Dynamics; Materials and Solid Mechanics; Thermofluids and Combustion) to form a panel of judges to select the best presenters. Being one of the panel members, Prof. Cheng Li, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering, was very glad to have witnessed the evolution of the event - from a simple and crude poster competition held outdoors at PolyU podium to a decent function supported by a very strong judging panel giving their professional review.

Twenty research student participants each delivered a high-impact brief in a 3-minute presentation. With their professional and animated presentations, those academic and technical terms were no longer distant to the layman. Most of the participants demonstrated outstanding academic pitching skills. Prof. Wang Zuankai, Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation), as a judging panel member, was impressed by the performance of the candidates and the wide spectrum of research areas to which ME research students are dedicated. Prof. Wang Liqiu, another Chair Professor who recently joined the Department, was thrilled to listen to the pitching by young researchers and opined that with the key message, they grabbed the audience’s attention.

After the oral presentations, participants interacted with the audience in the research posters exhibition. Displayed posters not only highlighted their research project results, but it was also an occasion for participants to convey their ideas, and communicate with viewers and professionals.

All other research students and PolyU staff members have also joined the event and vote for the People’s Choice award. They had appealed to a large audience to vote for them.

Prof. Su Zhongqing, Head of the Department, concluded the competition with a quote from Einstein “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

Congratulations on the fabulous presentations and excellent research work!

Champion and People’s Choice
Student: Ms LABAZANOVA Luiza
Supervisor: Dr David Navarro-Alarcon 
Title: Self-Reconfigurable Soft-Rigid Multi-Agent System

1st Runner-Up
Student: Ms HUO Xiaoyu 
Supervisor: Dr AN Liang 
Title: Development of a redox flow battery for large-scale energy storage 
2nd Runner-Up
Student: Mr LIANG Zhaojian 
Supervisor: Dr LI Mengying 
Title: Energy storage using solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) - A story about speeds 

Student: Ms ZHANG Kouer 
Supervisor: Dr AN Liang 
Title: Green ammonia production from electrocatalytic nitrate reduction under ambient conditions 

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