Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition

Competition Information

Speech competition April 12, 2024 at 4 p.m. in DMS 104

Competition Finalists

  • Paris Acosta - "The Prospective Moral Ambiguity of Cybernetic-Augmentations"
  • Mark Marsala - "Understanding the OSI Model"
  • Robert Gillespy - "The Total Solar Eclipse: An Unforgettable Spectacle"
  • Liam Bond - "Applications and Methods of 3D Printing Arteries"
  • Robert Northrup - "Complexities of Environmental Impact in the Age of Consumerist Eco-Friendly Moves"
  • Elena Chau - "Physics, Optimistic Nihilism, and Manifestation: A Comprehensive Exploration"

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 11.


  • 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