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Two College of Engineering Finalists Win Prizes in Inaugural Three Minute Thesis Contest

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Two of the three prize-winners in the Graduate School’s recent inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest were from the College of Engineering, which also boasted five of the 10 finalists. The runner-up, whose prize was $500, was Seydeh Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and her 3MT dealt with “Future Telescopes Will Reveal the Hidden Universe.” The People’s Choice Award of $500 was taken by Destenie Nock of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, doing a 3MT on “Where Should Our Electricity Come From?”

The First Place winner of a $1,000 prize was Katherine McClellan of the Environmental Conservation Department, talking about “Shark Sense: navigating shark interactions with offshore renewable energy developments.”

Other engineering finalists included: Natesh Ganesh (ECE), discussing “What Makes a Brain a Brain?”; and Abhishek Choubey (MIE), speaking  on “Mathematical Modeling of Turbulence.”

The event was held on March 24 in the Student Union Ballroom (see event flyer), where 3MT finalists highlighted their research in engaging three-minute presentations. At the event, kudos were also extended to Ph.D. student Alyssa Schwartz of the Chemical Engineering Department for her leadership in organizing the 3MT.

“We are excited that UMass has joined a growing global network of institutions sponsoring 3MT competitions,” said John McCarthy, the senior vice provost for Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School. “These popular events challenge graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less.” (April 2017)