3rd Annual Rapid Fire Sessions at WE14 LA!

Rapid Fire sessions are back again! The sessions will be held at the WE14 conference in Los Angeles, CA (October 23-25). Participating in the Rapid Fires is a great way to showcase your research to a diverse audience while honing your communication skills. The sessions consist of five minute presentations by graduate students with a focus on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.


Read on for more info!


The purpose of the Rapid Fire sessions is to offer a venue for graduate students to hone their presentation skills for a general engineering audience, outside of their special technical focus area. Emphasizing the development of effective communication skills in a multi-disciplinary team, this will be a rare opportunity for you to share your work with fellow SWE members, all while considering the broad implications of your research on society. In these sessions, we challenge graduate student researchers to compress their thesis/dissertation research down to a five minute presentation. Audience members and judges from industry, academia, and government will provide friendly and constructive feedback on your presentation style and delivery.

Abstract & Application Guidelines

Before you begin the submission process, we highly encourage you to review the NAE Grand Challenges to frame your abstract around the broader implications and key take-home messages of your work. Visit: www.engineeringchallenges.org/

Please prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words (plain text, no images) and be prepared to indicate which of the NAE Grand Challenges is most applicable to your research. You will also need to supply a 200 word (maximum) response as to why you would like to participate in the WE14 Rapid Fire Sessions. Please think through your responses prior to initiating your application.

Abstract Selection Timeline

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:59PM PT

Abstract Review Process: June 17-July 15, 2014

Notifications: by July 31, 2014


We are happy to answer any questions you have! Submit a question in the comments below, or send an email at esinkala@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading your abstracts!


Your Graduate Programming Team

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