PhD student wins IMechE Speak Out for Engineering competition

18 May 2016
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Kwon (third from left), PhD student and winner of the IMecH Speak Out for Engineering competition

Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate Eryn Kwon has recently won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Speak Out for Engineering competition. At this year’s Asia-Pacific final, Kwon impressed judges with her engaging and somewhat macabre presentation on the modelling of blood spatter patterns from gunshot wounds.

Held on 30th April, the competition is a worldwide event designed to encourage young engineers develop to verbal and visual communication skills while explaining technical mechanical engineering-related subjects. This Asia-Pacific round came after Kwon topped the Oceania finals in Melbourne, a natural segue after winning the national finals last year.

Judged by representatives from IMechE and IPENZ, the entrants included young engineers from as far as Hong Kong, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Competitors were ranked based on their style, visual impact and technical content.

Kwon’s research focuses on the formation of the small quantity of blood spatters that emerge as a result of a gunshot. Her aim is to design a computer simulation of the spatter formation which will enable forensic scientists to build a virtual picture of a crime scene while off-site. To compare with and validate the computer model, Kwon built model of a human head complete with bone, flesh and blood which was subsequently shot and filmed with high speed cameras.

Her work has previously been recognised in the University of Auckland’s Exposure Postgraduate Research Exposition last October. Kwon won first place in the variety category with a performance comprising of a dance number followed by details of her research.