Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition

The College of Engineering is proud to announce the first Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition, open to all undergraduate students in the College of Engineering.

Azita Mandani

Azita Madani Gordaninejad

Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad has recently retired from his position as a Foundation Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department. As part of his legacy, he has established the Madani-Gordaninejad Speech Competition in memory of his wife, Azita Madani Gordaninejad. The goal of the speech competition is to improve the communication skills of engineering students.

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.

2018 Winners

2018 Speech competition winners First Place: Brett McMahan  Second Place: Zachary Dugan Third Place: Manuel Retana

Congratulations to all our students who competed and especially to our 2018 winners!

  1. First Place: Brett McMahan
  2. Second Place: Zachary Dugan
  3. Third Place: Manuel Retana

Rules and Guidelines


  • 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 8-10 minutes
  • After 12 minutes you will be asked to conclude
  • Visual aids are optional (Room is equipped with standard classroom technology)
  • 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