Student wins state prize for presentation

Adam Clarke is on track for a stellar career in Electrical Engineering
University of Southern Queensland final year student Adam Clarke recently won the Queensland final of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) “Present Around the World” competition.

The annual competition is open to all Queensland universities and jointly hosted by the London-based IET and Engineers Australia.

Mr Clarke, who is studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and is a Concannon College resident, won the state final for his presentation entitled “Deadbeat Control of Non-Linear Magnetic Levitation Systems Using Adaptive Techniques’.

‘The title is a bit of a mouthful but it’s about precision control of electro-magnetic systems,’ Mr Clarke said.

‘We had to present our paper as if we were presenting it to someone interested in buying our product.

‘I managed to get a bit of informal feedback from the judges who said I won because I was able to understand the underlying concepts behind my presentation and was also able to answer questions about it.’

Mr Clarke will be heading to the national finals in Brisbane in April next year.

‘I’m very nervous but also quite excited about the national finals,’ he said.

A talent for engineering runs in the Clarke family, with Adam’s two older brothers previously studying Electrical Engineering through the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at USQ.

Adam’s family hails from a property near Miles in Queensland.

‘We were all college campus residents at USQ and the university has been a great help in guiding us,’ he said.

‘I have a scholarship and job with BHP Billiton lined up for two years and after that I’ve considered looking into postgraduate research.’

Mr Clarke received a $300 cash prize for his presentation, as well as a year free membership to IET and Engineers Australia.

For more information on the IET Present Around The World competition, visit

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