PhD student wins SMEA Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Congratulations to Shishir Mundra, PhD student in the Cements@Sheffield research group, announced winner of the IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition Sheffield heat.

Shishir Mundra

Held on Thursday 9th March, and hosted by The Metallurgical and Engineering Association (SMEA), the heat is part of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) sponsored competition, where students and professionals, up to the age of 28, are invited to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject.

Attended by staff and students from the University of Sheffield, as well as members from SMEA, the presentations judged on the abstract, structure, delivery, visual aids and handling of questions.

Shishir's talk was titled 'Eco-efficient cement: less CO2, less energy but still more durable?', and focused on the environmental impact of Portland cement production and the need to find alternatives to Portland cements. 

I enjoyed the experience of giving a talk to an audience that weren't specialists in my field. I also enjoyed the challenge of making a presentation without a lot of technical information but still ensuring that the outcomes of my research get through to the audience. The result was quite unexpected, as there were some really good talks, but was very happy after winning the heat.

Shishir Mundra 

I am very pleased to see Shishir's excellent work rewarded in this way, and to see the outcomes of Cements@Sheffield research generating impact in society.

Professor john provis / supervisor to shishir

Further information

Shishir joined the Department in 2010 as an undergraduate student studying MEng Materials Science and Engineering. He is now completing a PhD in Engineering Materials working with Professor John Provis on the corrosion of steel reinforcement in alkali-activated binders.