Young New Zealander takes first place in international engineering competition

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Duncan Henderson, who studies a Bachelor of Engineering Technology at WelTec, has taken first place in the world final of Speak Out for Engineering, held in New Delhi, India.

The global event brings together competitors from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ eight regions, including the UK, Europe, and the Americas. The prize for first place was awarded £300 ($584 NZD).

Duncan Henderson

Duncan Henderson says his studies at WelTec helped pave the way to his global success.

“WelTec played a huge part in helping with my presentation by allowing me time to develop it, as well as staff and students giving inputs and advice. WelTec has a very hands on, personal approach to study. Being able to have one on one time with the tutors has helped me to develop a deeper understanding of what I'm learning”

The Speak Out for Engineering event challenges entrants to deliver a short and engaging presentation on their chosen engineering topic, with the theme to promote the ability to communicate mechanical engineering subjects effectively. 

After over 40 heats across eight regions, 216 competitors delivered presentations to more than 700 attendees, with finalists gathering in New Delhi for the global decider. Henderson’s winning presentation’ Speargun Development’ took first place ahead of a competitor from the East Asia Region, for ‘The Smog-Free Twister’.

Henderson says the competition has vastly extended his knowledge in engineering, along with giving him industry experience when it comes to job seeking.

“The competition has been an invaluable experience for me. From the constant progression of my presentations and learning to communicate information better, to the people who I have met along the way. It’s also given me recognition within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering NZ. So I’ll get a head start when it comes to finding work in the industry.”

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