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The 9th ME Research Presentation Competition

28 Nov 2023

Department and Staff News

The 9th PolyU Mechanical Engineering Research Presentation Competition was successfully held on November 28, 2023. This annual event provides research students with a platform to showcase their project results and share knowledge with the PolyU community.

Dr Li Mengying, the Research Student Liaison Officer, introduced the competition and emphasized the importance of academic pitching skills. The aim is to train research students to effectively communicate their academic ideas to both peers and non-experts. Dr Tang Hui, the Associate Head (Research), addressed the opening of this 9th annual competition, noting its significance in providing invaluable opportunities for ME research students to showcase their talents.

This year, fifteen academics from three main discipline areas (Control, Acoustics and Dynamics; Materials and Solid Mechanics; Thermofluids and Combustion) were invited to form the panel of judges. As one of the panel members, Prof. Wang Zuankai, the Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation), emphasized that presentations serve as a means to convey ideas, concepts, and visions to others. He expressed his wish for students to deliver their talks effectively, logically, and authentically.

Each of the twenty research student participants delivered a high-impact three-minute presentation. Through their professional and engaging presentations, they successfully bridged the gap between academic and technical terminology and the layman's understanding. Many participants showcased outstanding academic pitching skills. Prof. Wang Liqiu encouraged students to brainstorm precise project titles and deliver vivid presentations. Prof. Zhang Dan, another Chair Professor who recently joined the Department, appreciated the students' dedication and passion for research and was deeply impressed by the wide spectrum of research areas they covered and their ability to integrate theories into practical applications.

Following the oral presentations, participants engaged with the audience during the research posters exhibition. The displayed posters not only highlighted their research project results but also provided an opportunity for participants to convey their ideas and interact with viewers and professionals. The event was attended by other research students and PolyU staff members, who also had the chance to vote for the People's Choice award. The participants actively sought support from the large audience in securing votes.

Prof. Su Zhongqing, the Head of the Department, concluded the competition by quoting Einstein, stating, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Congratulations to all the participants on their fabulous presentations and excellent research work!


Champion: Mr ZHANG Wanglinhan (Supervisor: Prof. SU Zhongqing)
Title: Medical AI-Assisted Wearable Hydrogel Microneedle Array for Ultrasound Continuous Glucose Monitoring

1st Runner-Up: Mr LI Weisong (Supervisor: Dr ZHANG Xiao)
Title: Electrochemical CO2 capture

2nd Runner-Up: Miss DENG Nan (Supervisor: Dr LI Mengying)
Title: The life of photons in atmosphere and in water 

2nd Runner-Up: Mr WU Lizhen (Supervisor: Dr AN Liang)
Title: Bubble Management in Water-splitting Reactors for Green Hydrogen Production

Merit: Miss HU Xiaodan (Supervisor: Dr MA Yuan)
Title: A new bionic sweating finger for tuning friction actively

Merit: Mr HAN Yu (Supervisor: Dr CHENG Song)
Title: On the experimental characterization and modeling of trans-/super-critical spray combustion

People’s Choice: Miss BAI Yuran (Supervisor: Dr AN Liang)
Title: Operation of Fuel Cells under Extreme Conditions

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