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U of M ME 4054W - Oral Presentations

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Oral Presentations -- The BasicsPURPOSE AUDIENCE DELIVERY MESSAGE Get what you want!Image • Credible • Knowledgeable • Trustworthy • Open to criticism • Decisive • Interested • Enthusiastic • Believes in projectPresentation Organization For ME4054 • Section 1 – The problem you are trying to solve • Section 2 – Your proposed solution • Section 3 – Next steps • Questions – Listen“How do you know that?”Assertion-Evidence Structure • Headline states the assertion of the slide • Slide body backs up the assertion with evidence – Relevant images – Experimental data – Basic equations – Product rendering UMN Library e-bookAssertion-Evidence Example Sentence Headline Visual Evidence Source: http://writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.htmlPhotos from Paraplegia News and Sports ‘n Spokes People With Disabilities Are Active • Wheelchair sports • Disability Culture has driven demand for solutions • ADA has provided legal clout • Health care cost-effectiveness push by insurance companies reins in the paceExample Showing a Design Choice 13AdvantagesEasy to shapeLight in weightResistant to corrosionDisadvantagesLow conductivityHigh cost (at present)Composite materials are ideal for polar platesSource: http://writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.htmlSubject Sex Age Height Weight TimeXA F 29 72 160 6.8XB M 55 69 170 7XC M 42 76 220 4.1XD F 33 67 210 8.7XE F 31 67 145 9XF M 47 66 190 3.8XG M 25 70 185 3.8XH M 40 73 180 4XI M 28 73 218 2.5XJ F 34 65 135 13.6XK M 47 68 190 4.1XL M 33 73 200 1.9Roof Chopping DataRoof Chopping Data 0246810121416120 140 160 180 200 220 240Weight (lbs)Chopping time (min)Heavier People Chop Faster 0246810121416120 140 160 180 200 220 240Weight (lbs)Chopping time (min)Think Newspaper Headlines • Two-thirds of Minnesotans: no public money for Vikes' stadium • Chile military rolls out post-quake aid effort • Postal Service's emerging model: No Saturday delivery • Supreme Court muddies clean water act • Effort to tighten Minnesota's gun law getting folks riled up • University officials consider furloughs • Professor ratings aid students in class selection • OTC to showcase science technology • Prominent agronomy professor to retire at age 70 • NCAA study spurs rule changes to protect athletes from injuries Star Tribune and MN Daily, Feb. 2010General Tips • Respect audience intelligence • Never apologize • Anticipate questions • Give important info first • If running short, cut or stop rather than speed • Presentation, not a speech • Need not be a starSuggestions for ME 4054 • Describe the problem • Describe how people solve the problem now (current technology, prior art), and make clear what the gap is • Describe the options • Describe the selected design, including strengths and weaknesses • Make it clear that team is using engineering analysis to drive the design • Provide audience with a clear plan for future work, and detailed description of final project deliverablesMore Suggestions For ME 4054 • Describe what your design does rather than what it is • Audience needs to know the design is analysis driven, but does not need to know the details • Keep slides simple; if slide is clear, you will be clear • Avoid animations and movies unless essential to understanding the design • ESL is OKMost Important Suggestion for ME 4054 Convince the audience that your approach is worthy of further investmentResources • The Craft of Scientific Presentations – Available as an e-book in the UMN Library • www.writing.engr.psu.edu/ • www.writing.engr.psu.edu/presentations/speaking.pdf • ME 4054 on-line lecture


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