3MT 2017: Louise Thomas
SFU's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals this year took place on March 27th, 2017 in the Big Data Hub Theatre. Louise Thomas presented "Manual Wheelchair Stability and Maneuverability with Adjustments to Seating Configurations".
Louise is a Master of Applied Science student in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sports and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide.
Her research interests lie primarily in engineering solutions to improve human performance. She is also passionate about entrepreneurship as a pathway of bringing new products to market, having worked in both Vancouver and Shenzhen, China as VP of Research and Development for Vitali Wear, a startup creating 'smart bras' to improve posture and stress management.
Currently, she is working with her supervisors, Dr. Carolyn Sparrey and Dr. Jaimie Borisoff, on an adaptable wheelchair. Her specific contributions include creating simulations to quantify changes to wheelchair stability and maneuverability for different seat and backrest positions.
One take, one static slide, no props.
Just 3 minutes and the power of the spoken word.
3MT is an unparalleled interdisciplinary opportunity for you to hear about the interesting research that's taking place around the university, as well as to pick up some presentation techniques from some of the best graduate student presenters at SFU — and all in 3-minute segments.