Talking the Talk: Aaron Sprunger's presentation for MIME Speaks Toastmasters earned the second-place prize from judges, and a $500 award for his group.

Presentation Night Showcases Student Competition and Cooperation

Eight of the School of MIME’s student club leaders accepted the challenge from new school head Harriet Nembhard in early November to take part in the school’s first PechaKucha Night, a student organization showcase and competition, designed to develop the leadership and speaking skills of our engineering students. Nembhard offered generous prizes for the top presenters, sparking an enthusiastic turnout from the ranks of MIME student groups, faculty, and curious students, as well as a night of engaging stories about our student groups.

PechaKucha, the Japanese word for “chitchat,” is a creative presentation format in use across the world, first introduced by a group of architects in 2004. Slightly longer than the “elevator speech,” the PechaKucha presentation format offers a deceptively simple approach – allow a presenter to arrange photos or images onto 20 slides, and give them 20 seconds to talk about each slide. The slides advance automatically. The challenge, of course, becomes sharing the appropriate value of the picture’s 1,000 words before the slide changes.

Championing the six-minute, 40-second format was graduate student and NSF fellow Aaron Fillo, representing the new student club, Project X. Fillo’s passion for STEM and STEAM educational experiences for K-12 students inspired him to form the group last spring, and bring the Project X experience to students on campus as well as at science fairs across the country. His practiced-to-perfection demo included safety goggles, broken soda bottles, lessons on force and oobleck, and a wealth of data about how the hands-on science approach appeals to young women, potentially inspiring their future careers in STEM fields. As top presenter, Project X earned $1,000 for its future experiments and demonstrations. Project X’s faculty advisors are Bryony DuPont and Joshua Gess.

MIME Speaks Toastmasters, another recently founded student club that polishes the presentation and public speaking skills of its members following the methods of the Toastmasters International organization, earned a second-place finish and $500. Aaron Sprunger, industrial engineering graduate student, enacted the basic tenets of voice control, body language, and simplicity of message across a play screen of pop culture memes, and photos of legendary orators such as Martin Luther King Jr. Springer’s dynamic performance has already inspired a few curious PechaKucha participants to attend their 7 a.m. Tuesday weekly meetings, according to club co-advisor Ean Ng. Other faculty advisors are Javier Calvo-Amodio and Gana Natarajan.

Such an outcome – increased collaboration by our students – is just one of the reasons Nembhard sponsored the event. She also hopes that our student clubs will work more closely together and share best practices on club management. “We have such an opportunity at this school to share in the excitement of student groups that are national and global champions, and build more teams of excellent engineering students working together and achieving incredible, positive results. These are the activities, experiences, and learned skills that are contributing to the success of our students when they leave us and enter the work force,” Nemdhard said.

At the school level, Nembhard foresees a shared management model with streamlined budgeting processes, and the tracking of student success relative to their involvement in co-curricular learning experiences.

Such an outcome – increased collaboration by our students – is just one of the reasons Nembhard sponsored the event. She also hopes that our student clubs will work more closely together and share best practices on club management. “We have such an opportunity at this school to share in the excitement of student groups that are national and global champions, and build more teams of excellent engineering students working together and achieving incredible, positive results. These are the activities, experiences, and learned skills that are contributing to the success of our students when they leave us and enter the work force,” Nemdhard said.

At the school level, Nembhard foresees a shared management model with streamlined budgeting processes, and the tracking of student success relative to their involvement in co-curricular learning experiences.


 Presenters for MIME Student Chapter Groups

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Karen Kuhlman, OSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Kuhlman discussed the star-studded trajectory of AIAA – from a top national finish as a novice group to a top national finish as an advanced group. As well, AIAA is proud of their enthusiasm for the development of the aerospace academic minor. Kuhlman's excellent presentation earned an "Honorable Mention" from the judges. Dr. Roberto Albertani and Dr. Nancy Squires advise AIAA.


Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Austin Sandifer, American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Sandifer describes the community and competitive projects that ASME pursues here at Oregon State, ranging from the STEM outreach event, Pumpkin Chunkin', which invites high school teams from around Oregon to campus for a pumpkin-throwing competition, to their premier project, the Shell EcoMarathon. Pictured is their eco-car chassis in the wind tunnel for aerodynamic testing. ASME’s faculty advisor is Dr. Chris Hoyle.


oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering

Hunter Lottsfeldt, Blacksmithing Club. Another recent addition to the bevy of student clubs here at the School of MIME, Lottsfeldt spoke about the great tradition of blacksmithing, which was part of the curriculum for mechanical engineering students at Oregon State one hundred years ago. As well, Lottsfeldt said that the outstanding groups such as AIAA and SAE inspire and serve as a model for excellence for what the Blacksmithing Club would like to contribute to the school. Dr. Julie Tucker advises the Blacksmithing Club.


Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Jeremy Melamed, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers. Melamed introduced the audience to the IISE student club traditions, such as their professional development courses, industry visits, and their role in building up the MECOP program, now a fixture for students from across the College of Engineering to develop critical work experience through internships.
ISEE’s faculty advisor is Dr. Hector Vergara.


Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Aaron Fillo, Project X. Fillo's passion for STEM and STEAM educational experiences for K-12 students inspired him to form the group last spring, and bring the Project X experience to students on campus as well as at science fairs across the country. His practiced-to-perfection demo included safety goggles, broken soda bottles, lessons on force and oobleck, and a wealth of data about how the hands-on science approach appeals to young women, potentially inspiring their future careers in STEM fields. As top presenter, Project X earned $1,000 for their future experiments and demonstrations. Project X’s faculty advisors are Dr. Bryony DuPont and Dr. Joshua Gess.


Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Nick McComb, OSU Robotics Club. McComb talked about the many, many activities of the Robotics Club – a very popular student group that draws membership from both the School of MIME and School of EECS. McComb, promoting the solgan, "Make More Robot," encouraged interested students to come see what the club is about, and not worry about experience levels. He said that the group puts their newest members to work on projects from the get-go. Dr. Jonathan Hurst is the faculty advisor.


Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Phil Thoma, Society of Automotive Engineers. Speaking for the membership of Baja Beaver Reacing and Global Formula Racing, Thoma describes the national and global competitive expereiences that have helped shape these two outstanding racing teams as well as their efforts to secure industry sponsorship. Pictured on the screen is Thoma delivering GFR's top ranked business presentation in Germany this summer. Dr. Bob Paasch advises the group.