Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition

Congrats, 2023 winners!

Three people standing in a row, indoors in front of a white wall, each facing the camera and holding a certificate.

First place: Mark Marsala, Computer Science & Engineering, center in photo, "Overview of Security, Privacy, and Anonymity on The Onion Router Browser"
Second place: Katherine Kerns, Biomedical Engineering, right in photo, "Prosthetic limbs, History lesson, American Civil War, Middle Ages"
Third place: David Reiner, Mechanical Engineering, left in photo, "Bubbles"

About the competition

Head shot of Azita Gordaninejad.

Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad, a regents and foundation professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department, retired in 2017 after 33 years of service to the University of Nevada, Reno. He established the Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition in memory of his wife, Azita Madani Gordaninejad, in 2018. The goal of the speech competition is to improve the communication skills of engineering students.

Rules and guidelines

The subject of the presentation must be innovative and/or informative and can be technical or non-technical.

Quality abstracts with logical and compelling discussions of a single topic will be selected for the final speech competition. Presentation coaching and feedback will be available for students selected to present.

Cash prizes awarded to the best three presentations.


You must be a current undergraduate student in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.


  • Original submission by a single individual only.
  • Maximum 200 words.
  • MLA or another standard format is recommended.
  • Must be submitted to website by 11:59 p.m. on March 23.


  • Must be 10 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, you will be asked to conclude.
  • Visual aids are optional.
  • Must arrive by 3:45 p.m.
  • Drawing for speaking order will occur at 4 p.m. sharp.
  • Wear professional attire.
  • Professional behavior is required during all speeches.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Angelina Padilla, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Reno
Palmer Engineering 204B

Submit a speech topic