Oklahoma State University graduate student Ali Asmari won second place in the regional Three Minute Thesis® competition held recently at the annual Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in San Antonio.
Asmari, a doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering, competed against 14 other state winners from universities in the region to earn the $500 runner-up prize for his presentation on recycling fossil fuel pollutants for use in stabilizing and strengthening concrete.
The Three Minute Thesis challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in three minutes or less. Judging criteria is centered on communication style, comprehension and engagement.
Asmari, from Iran, won a similar contest last summer, sponsored by the OSU Graduate College, qualifying him to advance to the regional competition. His talk was recently featured as a TEDxOStateU presentation.
Asmari’s doctoral work includes specializations in automation and computer vision. He currently works as a mechanical engineering intern with the New Product Development Center at OSU. Ali writes computer code and designs mechanical parts, electrical circuits and controllers . He consults with clients to determine their project requirements and possible approaches.