Three grab top spot in Three Minutes Thesis competition


JOHOR BARU: Three PhD holders were elated when they were announced as the winner of the Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) 2015 competition held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here.

Businessman Jaysuman Pusppanathan, 33, who presented his thesis titled “Dual modality tomography for multiphase flow imaging” said the idea was derived from his magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan appointment, three years ago.

“The thesis is about creating a new MRI scan for the processing industry in order for them to look at what is happening in the piping system instead of cutting them,” he said when met at the competition in UTM here, recently.

Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan lecturer Nor Haniza Mohamad, 46, said her case study would help the respective authorities to identify the factors that could be handled by the community including on how to control the partnership in dealing with tourism programme.

“I have been working on this for the past four years in Miso Walai Homestay, Kinabatangan, Sabah with the total cost of RM6,000 which was given through a grant by my supervisor,” she said.

UTM tutor Nor Ain Husein, 28, who presented her thesis on “Group velocity dispersion in optical fibre based on stimulated brillouin scattering” said she went to the United States for about six months just to study about it.

“It is about studying the propagation of light pulse through optical fibre and focusing on application in optical telecommunication system. I experimented with the group velocity of light, which generates slow light.

“Challenging myself in this competition is like determining my own ability to compress my four-year work in only three minutes but today I can proof that I can do it,” said Nor Ain who is a student from the university’s Faculty of Science.

UTM 3MT 2015 director Prof Madya Dr Aminah Md Yusof said participants were required to present their thesis or case study in three minutes with one slide for the audience to understand.

The winners from each category including engineering, social science and science and technology walked away with RM1,500, a certificate and a trophy, and were selected to represent UTM to the 3MT Malaysia 2015 competition this May.

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