The awards ceremony for the 2022 FAS Three Minute Thesis competition was held in a hybrid format with some attending in person and others joining via Zoom. The event was hosted by FAS dean Eugene Fiume (left) and FAS associate dean of research and graduate studies Parvaneh Saeedi (third from left).

Sustainable Energy Engineering Graduate Student Wins the 2022 FAS Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 22, 2022
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SFU 3MT Final Update:

This year two FAS students took home prizes at the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) SFU Final. Mechatronics MASc student Adlin Alwyn was announced as the runner up, with Engineering MASc student Ghazal Mirabnahrazam voted as the People's Choice winner.

By James Conn

This year’s Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) heat Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was held with video presentations made available for public viewing. Judges reviewed and scored each video submission, while the public was invited to vote for their favourite presentation for the People’s Choice Award.

3MT is designed to challenge graduate students to present and communicate their research effectively in an easy-to-understand manner to the general audience in three minutes using only one slide. The competition also served as an opportunity for students to develop personal and professional connections with other FAS students, faculty and staff and, to highlight some of the exciting research taking place at Simon Fraser University.

Sustainable energy engineering MASc student Oz Oren was announced as the first-place winner due to his engaging presentation that clearly outlined his research in a concise way. His presentation was titled “Developing a High Efficiency Wood Burning Stove”.

Mechatronic systems engineering MASc student Adlin Alwyn was announced as the runner-up. Her presentation garnered much praise regarding her smooth and passionate delivery on the topic. Her presentation was titled “Does a Robot Waving at You on the Beach Help the Earth?”

Mechatronic systems engineering PhD student Afagh Mohagheghi was announced as the People’s Choice Award winner based on public voting. Her presentation was titled “Intelligent Lighting and Monitoring Systems for Urban Horticulture”.

Both Oren and Alwyn will advance to the SFU final on April 6, 2022, where they will compete with students across the university for the chance to win $1000 and represent SFU at the Western Regional Competition.

Visit www.sfu.ca/fas/3mt for details and videos from the FAS heat. For full details about the overall SFU competition, including the rules and event schedule, visit www.sfu.ca/3mt.

2022 3MT Wildcard Heat Results!

Engineering science MASc student Ghazal Mirabnahrazam was announced as the first-place winner of the 2022 3MT Wildcard Heat. Mirabnahrazam was unable to attend the FAS faculty heat, an participated in wildcard round instead. She will also advance to the SFU final to represent FAS along with Oren and Alwyn.

2022 FAS Three Minute Thesis Student Participants

Runner Up

Adlin Alwyn, Mechatronic Systems Engineering MASc Student

Does a Robot Waving at You on the Beach Help the Earth?

Supervisor: Dr. Mehrdad Moallem

People's Choice Winner

Afagh Mohagheghi, Mechatronic Systems Engineering PhD Student

Intelligent Lighting and Monitoring Systems for Urban Horticulture

Supervisor: Dr. Mehrdad Moallem

Mayur Mallya, Computing Science MSc Student

Multimodal Guidance for Medical Image Classification

Supervisor: Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh

Navid Balazadeh Meresht, Sustainable Energy Engineering PhD Student

Natural Gas HPDI Engine Modeling for Long-hauling Commercial Trucks

Supervisor: Dr. Gordon McTaggart-Cowan 

First Place Winner

Oz Oren, Sustainable Energy Engineering MASc Student 

Developing a High Efficiency Wood Burning Stove

Supervisors: Dr. Gordon McTaggart-Cowan and Dr. Sami Khan

Reza Farzam, Sustainable Energy Engineering PhD Student

Hydrogen-Diesel Dual-Fuel Engines; Modelling and Analysis

Supervisor: Dr. Gordon McTaggart-Cowan

Weina Jin, Computing Science PhD Student

Physician-Centric Explainable Artificial Intelligence 

Supervisor: Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh

2022 Judging Panel

Dr. Brian Fraser
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing Science

Dr. Teresa Cheung
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Engineering Science

Dr. Carolyn Sparrey
Associate Professor, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Dr. Sami Khan
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Please note that the judging panel was required to report any conflicts of interest and not score presentations of students they are supervising.