Santhoshkumar Sundaramoorthy, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, won first place in S&T’s seventh annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Sundaramoorthy impressed the judges with his research presentation titled “Making Electric Vehicles Efficient and Affordable.” His research focuses on discovering new chalcogen materials using a building block approach for energy storage applications.
“As a fundamental solid-state chemist, I felt extremely happy when I got this opportunity to present my work to a general audience,” says Sundaramoorthy. “The cherry on top is getting recognized by everyone for my work, which means a lot to me as a chemist.”
Seyi Obafemi, a Ph.D. candidate in geology and geophysics, was named the runner-up with his presentation titled “Importance of 3D Geological Reservoir Modeling to CO2 Sequestration.” The People’s Choice Award went to Tazdik Patwary Plateau, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, with a presentation titled, “3,000 Miles without Fueling: 3D Battery.”
Additional finalists who competed this year include Ankit Agarwal, a PhD. Candidate in engineering management, and Mohamed Elmahallawy, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science.
The 3MT competition originated with the University of Queensland, New Zealand, and is now held annually at over 900 universities worldwide.