The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges graduate students to present their research and its significance in just three minutes and one slide. The competition cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and celebrates exciting graduate research taking place at Simon Fraser University. Students in thesis and non-thesis based graduate programs in computing science, engineering science, mechatronics and sustainable energy engineering are invited to participate in the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) heat for a chance to win cash prizes and advance to the SFU Final.

In 2024 the FAS heat will be held in-person, where students will present their research in front of a live audience and panel of judges. 

Interested in participating in the competition?

Interested in joining as an audience member?

2024 FAS 3MT Heat

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
ASB 10900, SFU Burnaby Campus | Big Data Hub Presentation Studio 

First Place - $600*
Runner Up - $200*
People's Choice Award - $200

*The top two winners determined by the judge's scoring will advance to the SFU Final to compete for cash prizes and the chance to represent SFU at the Western Regional and National Competitions.

If you have questions about the FAS heat of this competition, please contact

Learn more about the history, rules and eligibility criteria on SFU's 3MT website.

Past Events

Maureen Herbert | Computing Science - Professional MSc

The Struggle is Real - Can Data Scientists help

Seyed Reza Safavi | Sustainable Energy Engineering – PhD

Hydrogen Fueled Range extender for Hybrid Electric Heavy-Duty trucks

Mahdie Ghane Ezabadi | Computing Science – MSc

IntelliLining: Developing smart interlining using triboelectric sensors for activity sensing

Omar Nemir | Sustainable Energy Engineering – MASc

Optimizing Micro-Engineered Textures on Silicon Enhances CO2 Capture

Zarqoon Mumtaz | Sustainable Energy Engineering – MASc

Modeling of Aftertreatment System for Hydrogen-Diesel Dual Fuel Engine

Muhammad Talha Usmani | Sustainable Energy Engineering – MASc

Elastomeric Piston Seal Performance Assessment for High Pressure Direct Injection Systems

Mateen Ulhaq | Engineering Science – MASc

Using AI to Compress Data

Rashid Zamanshoar Heris | Engineering Science – PhD

Multi-Task Learning for Screen Content Video Coding

Hadi Moeinnia | Mechatronic Systems Engineering – PhD

A 3D Printed Pressure Measurement Mat for Wireless Healthcare Monitoring

Sahand Najafpour | Mechatronic Systems Engineering – PhD

Heat transfer enhancement using auto-fluttering agitators

Fakhreddin Amirhosseini | Mechatronic Systems Engineering – MASc

Level measurement of aluminum in production smelting pots

Junoh Bede Kim | Sustainable Energy Engineering – PhD

Introduction of UBEM Method and Application on Energy Engineering Studies

Beatrice Agyapong | Sustainable Energy Engineering – MASc

Optimizing Freight Train Efficiency and Rail Infrastructure Sustainability through Diesel-Battery Hybrid Consist Systems in North America


Tara Immell

Lecturer, School of Computing Science

Tara Immell is Limited Term Lecturer in the School of Computing Science and Beedie School of Business. She teaches CMPT 105W, Social Issues and Communication Strategies for Computing Science, to help student build strong writing skills and social awareness. Tara received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computing Science from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from a U.S. land-grant university, Colorado State. The strong community connection of her master’s degree continues today in British Columbia as Tara serves on a Metro Vancouver Public/Technical Advisory Committee and advises non-profit boards and municipalities on sustainability planning.

Dr. Majid Shokoufi

Lecturer, School of Engineering Science

Dr. Majid Shokoufi is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering Science. He holds a Ph.D. from SFU and brings over a decade of diverse industry experience. Majid’s expertise spans biophotonics, wearable devices, cutting-edge optical sensors, industrial embedded systems, and more. Dr. Shokoufi's research passions lie in biophotonics, Microelectronics, and photonics. Additionally, he imparts his extensive knowledge through teaching courses in analog and digital circuit design, control systems, and photonics.

Dr. Mohammad Narimani

Senior Lecturer, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Dr. Mohammad Narimani is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering and a Professional Engineer in BC, specializing in mechatronics and intelligent control systems. Holding a Ph.D. from Kings’ College London and a Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Commercialization, Dr. Narimani seamlessly integrates academic expertise with practical application. A profound interest in Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning in Mechatronic Systems, Wearable Technology, and Controls and Diagnostics for Mechatronic Systems marks his professional journey. Additionally, Dr. Narimani has demonstrated mentorship, as a co-supervisor for graduate students. He is also a certified Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program Instructor.

Vivian Neal

Lecturer, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Vivian Neal is a Lecturer in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, focusing on education for sustainable development and interdisciplinarity. Vivian received two Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, in Integrated Studies and Systems Design Engineering as well as a Master of Educational Technology from UBC. She supports students to develop leadership attributes and self-efficacy to affect change locally, regionally and globally. Vivian teaches technical communications to graduate students and always promotes the 3MT as an opportunity to develop critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and presentation skills. Her sustainability interests also encompass ethnobotany, forest ecology and food security.

Past Events

In the past, we ran the competition in a virtual and asynchronous format, which required participants to submit a video recording of their presentation. Click on the links below to view the judging panel, news stories, and presentation videos from previous years.