Anubhav Gupta, an active IET student member currently in the last year of his electrical and electronics engineering degree shares his experiences of taking part in his regional Present around the World (PATW) heat.
I started volunteering for the IET a few months ago. Since then, I have been a regular visitor to the IET India office at Bangalore. The concept of engineers from different domains coming together and pooling their expertise to realise an organisation’s vision took me some time to grasp, but those regular meetings with volunteers helped.
Soon I was one of them and was during one of those meetings that I came to hear about the IET’s Present Around the World (PATW) competition.
I looked at PATW Bangalore as a confluence of young engineers and their ideas to build a better world through engineering and technology. There were 21 other young engineers - both students and young professionals - for me to compete against before I could win the event.
We had to present on the theme of future technologies for emerging markets in the two-day battle for the coveted title.
My presentation on preparation and characterisation of organic solar cells was based on my final year engineering project. While presenting in front of judges like Dr Sudhakar Reddy, senior scientist and Centre of Excellence leader, GE (General Electric) India Technology Centre and Dr Hemant Kumar Aiyer, senior scientist, Laird Technologies, I knew I had to keep my presentation crisp and to the point.
It was a proud moment for me when I was announced the winner, for it was the first time that I had won a competition of this stature. Participating in PATW was also an immense learning experience for me as I learnt a lot while preparing for the event and watching the other participants present. It also gave me an idea of what fields of science interest young engineers.
I am very excited about taking part in the South Asia Finals, which will be held in Bangalore on 2 August, and am in the process of fine tuning my skills for the event. If all goes well, I will get a chance to head over to the UK for the global finals. Fingers crossed!