Winners Announced For 3-Minute Thesis Competition

2016 3-minute Thesis competition winners

(Left to Right: Michael Kalan, Rachael Muschalek, Julie Read, Madeleine Durkee, Sarah Trimble, Rayhana Sohel, Neeraj Yadav, Michael Moore, Ramesh Gunaratna)

Sarah Trimble who won in the doctoral category of the 2016-2017 3 Minute Thesis competition and was selected to represent Texas A&M University at the regional 3 Minute Thesis competition hosted by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in Annapolis, Maryland on March 4-5, 2017.

Sarah Trimble: Doctoral Winner
Department: Geography
Advisor: Dr. Chris Houser
3MT Title: Risk of Rip Currents
Research Description: Rip currents are concentrated flows of water that form on beaches, but can be hazardous to people caught in them, and pulled out to sea. I am developing a forecast and predicting system to make the public safer.

Michael Moore: Doctoral Runner-Up & Doctoral People’s Choice
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Paul A. Lindahl
3MT Title: Diving Into a 70-Year-Old Mystery: The Iron Pool in Mitochondria
Research Description: There is a group of iron molecules in mitochondria that are believed to cause diseases, but haven’t been identified in over 70 years. Using a new method, I intend to identify these iron molecules.

Michael Kalan: Master’s Winner
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Partha Mukherjee
3MT Title: Preventing Exploding Lithium Ion Batteries
Research Description: Lithium ion batteries are becoming an important part of our daily lives. There remain many poorly understood performance factors that affect lithium batteries, particularly during charging. Some of these poorly understood factors negatively affect the lithium batteries and pose a significant safety concern. This work focuses on understanding and mitigating these negative, dangerous factors.

Neeraj Yadav: Master’s Runner-Up
Department: Construction Science
Advisor: Dr. Julian Kang
3MT Title: Warning System for Outdoor Construction Workers using Haptic Communication
Research Description: This research focuses on creating a device that can alert outdoors construction workers by using vibration if they are in a high risk zone and are not supposed to be there.

Rayhana Sohel: Master’s People’s Choice
Department: Petroleum Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Abu Rashid Hasan
3MT Title: Estimating Zonal Flow In Deep Water Assets
Research Description: In deep-water assets, oil and gas may be produced from depths greater than 15,000 ft. At that depth there are regions/zones that contain oil and regions that do not contain oil. Oil flows into the well at the zones where oil is present. Traditionally, we would only have knowledge about the total production. Thorough my research, we can estimate the amount of oil produced from each of these individual zones.

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