Past Events - 2021 FAS 3MT

In 2021, the FAS heat was held asynchronously, where student presentation videos were posted for online judging.

First Place ($600) - Laura Whelan
Runner Up ($200) - Nicholaus Zilinski
People's Choice Award ($200) - Nicholaus Zilinski

The top two winners determined by the judge's scoring advanced to the SFU Final to compete for $1000 and the chance to represent SFU at the Western Regional and National Competitions.

2021 Competition Student Presentations

Ohoud Alharbi - Computing Science PhD Student

The Effects of Predictive Features of Mobile Keyboards on Text Entry Speed and Errors

Sarah Garner - Sustainable Energy Engineering MASc Student

Fuel Cells: Linking Membrane Durability to Longevity

Pawel Kudzia - Engineering Science PhD Student

Characterizing the Control of External Force Vectors

First Place Winner

Laura Whelan - Sustainable Energy Engineering MASc Student

Thermal Energy Storage for Residential Application

Daina Baker - Sustainable Energy Engineering MASc Student

Sustainable 3D Printed Electronics with Sheath Conductors

Kimia Haghighi - Sustainable Energy Engineering MASc Student

A Bridge to Zero Emission Vehicles: Fuel of the Future!

Sathish Panchapakesan - Engineering Science MASc Student

Implementation of Neural Networks on FPGA

Runner Up and People's Choice Winner

Nicholaus Zilinski - Engineering Science MASc Student

Mind Reading with Laser Beams


Noah Adams (BSc ’08, Computing Science)

Software Engineer, Salesforce

Adams expertise lies in software products for mobile web, mobile native apps, and data and analytics. Prior to joining Salesforce, he was part of the Mobify team where he worked under his SFU classmates and Mobify co-founders, Igor Faletski and John Boxall. At Mobify, Adams helped grow the company’s frontend platform to a level that resulted in Mobify being acquired by Salesforce in 2020. He continues to stay involved and have significant impact on the SFU community where he was the past president of the Computing Science Student Society and more recently, a key member in planning and judging the SFU-Mobify coding contest in January 2020. As a team lead and Senior Manager of Software Engineering at Salesforce, Adams values humility, boldness and growth. He strives to ensure that his peers develop skills to grow as much as they can in their careers.

Dr. Ouldooz Baghban Karimi (PhD '13, Computing Science)

Lecturer, SFU School of Computing Science

Dr. Baghban Karimi specializes in data and networks. Earlier in her career, Dr. Baghban Karimi joined Cyan (Ciena) as a software engineer, building network products and customer-facing solution integration for international telecommunication providers in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Her current research interests include virtualization at the edge, network anomalies and user privacy in network measurements. Additionally, she is passionate about computing science education and societal problems, including fair access and underrepresentation.

Dr. Manpreet Kaur (PhD ’19, Mechatronic Systems Engineering)

Lecturer, SFU School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

2019 SFU 3MT Finalist

Dr. Kaur completed her PhD degree from SFU in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering with a research focus on architected materials fabricated by 3D printing techniques for the case study of soft robotic bodies. She has authored several peer-review journal articles. Her research has been featured in Engineers and Geoscientist BC, SFU News and in the journal of Advanced Material Technologies and Advanced Intelligent Systems. Dr. Kaur volunteers in various student-based programs and is passionate about inspiring young minds from all backgrounds through mentorship.

Biljana Pecelj (BASc ’06, Engineering Science)

Senior Product Manager, Hootsuite

Pecelj is passionate about digging into customer problems. She spent the past fifteen years working in various size companies ranging from start-ups to enterprises. For the past decade, Pecelj is focused on product management as it contains a good mix of people, problem solving and technology. At Hootsuite, she enjoys working with an incredibly bright group of people on solving problems in the fast-changing world of social-network application programing interfaces.

Dr. Pete Thimmaiah (PhD '18, Mechatronic Systems Engineering)

Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council

Dr. Thimmaiah is a Program Manager for the Fraser Basin Council’s (FBC) Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting zero-emission fleets initiatives for Plug In BC. Prior to joining FBC, Dr. Thimmaiah worked with the automotive company, Robert Bosch in Germany as a senior mechanical engineer. He has several scientific publications related to clean energy technologies and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post Canada and Policy Options magazine.