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CEAT graduate students present research in 3MT® competition

(STILLWATER, Okla., March 2, 2017) – Tanaji Paul (pictured right), doctoral candidate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, won first place at the CEAT Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition with his thesis on the sintering of amorphous alloys for structural application.

“The defect, free disordered atomic structure of amorphous alloys results in excellent resistance to corrosion,” says Paul. “This attractive feature can be utilized by consolidation of amorphous powder in to bulk sized corrosion that is resistant components and coatings, and they harbor the potential to bring about significant reduction in the annual direct cost of corrosion.”

Eranda Ekanayake, mechanical and aerospace engineering masters student, placed second with his thesis: Effect of Age on Biomechanical Imbalances in Relation to Osteoarthritis Onset.

“Our goal is to develop efficient risk assessment protocols and strength training programs specifically tailored to older adults by understanding what drives osteoarthritis onset in older adults,” says Ekanayake. “Since osteoarthritis affects the quality of life of many older people, our research has the potential to improve many lives.”

Boshra Karimi, civil and environmental engineering doctoral student, placed third with her thesis: Forecasting Emission to Have Healthier Workers. Ghazal Sokhansefat, civil and environmental engineering doctoral student, won the people’s choice award with a thesis presentation titled Using Biomass to Produce Green Energy.

All of the winners received a cash prize. First-place winner Paul will move on to compete at the final OSU 3MT® competition on March 9 in the Student Union Little Theatre.

About 3MT®
The Three Minute Thesis® is a research communication competition that challenges research degree students to present a compelling oration on the significance of their thesis topic in three minutes, using one powerpoint slide. 3MT® develops academic, presentation and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to explain their research effectively in language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.