Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition

The 2021 competition

Congratulations Winners!

1st place: Olivia Tahti — “Still Water in Coal Run”
2nd place: Larson Rivera — “How to Get Started with RGB Lighting, and Why It's Imperative to Engineering Education”
3rd place: Garrett Furlong - “Cuttlefish Camouflage Tactics”

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 & feedback will be available for students selected to present.

Cash prizes awarded to the best three presentations.


  • 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 recommended
  • Must be submitted to website by 11:59pm on March 15


  • Must be 10 minutes
  • After 12 minutes you will be asked to conclude
  • Visual aids are optional
  • Must arrive by 5:30pm
  • Drawing for speaking order will occur at 5:30pm sharp
  • Professional attire
  • Professional behavior required during all speeches

If there any questions, please contact:

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

Submit a speech topic