Oral Presentation

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Oral Presentation Guidelines and Judging Criteria

Regulations and Logistics

  1. Presentation Time Limit: 15 minutes
  2. Question/Answer period: 10 minutes
  3. Setup and breakdown time: total of 5 minutes
  4. Point deductions: 25 points deducted per minute over the Presentation Time Limit
  5. Presenters: A maximum of four team members may present. Only these four may answer judges’ questions at the end. Violation of this rule will result in a 25-point deduction.
  6. Media: PowerPoint presentations must be on the team’s computer. The computer will be plugged into the AV system at the venue. Watch FAQs for connection compatibility info.
  7. Primary Audience: Judges who, acting as your client or plant manager, will decide if your designs are technically, logistically, and economically viable.
  8. Secondary Audience: Teams from the participating school and The Las Cruces community; Competing teams are not allowed in the room during a presentation.
  9. Videotaping: Is not allowed.
  10. Dress: Business attire (Dress for Success!)
  11. Goal: Convincing your client (a.k.a. the judges) that yours is the optimal solution for the task.
  12. Introductions: The team leader will introduce the presenting team members to the judges at the beginning of the presentation.
  13. Conclusions: End the presentation with a discussion of conclusions. Finally, ask the audience if they have questions.


  1. Prepare a confident, technical and business-like discussion of your solution.
  2. Include all essential elements from the body of the written report (See #2, Page 6).
  3. Include citations at the bottom of each slide.
  4. Use graphs, charts and figures to illustrate trends and findings.
  5. Be concise. The judges have already read the report. Point out only the most important points.
  6. Anticipate questions: The judges, like a manager or client, will usually identify a weak area in your logic or presentation and probe it. If you do not know the answer, do not bluff. Promise to look it up and discuss it during the bench-scale demos on the following day.

General Judging Criteria

  • Overall quality, completeness, level of research and discussion of results
  • Justification and advantages of the proposed project
  • Process flow sheet, material balance and safety discussion
  • Realism of cost estimates
  • Ability to answer judges’ questions
  • Delivery and effectiveness of presentation