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Graduate student cracks top five at 3MT provincials

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A graduate student at Waterloo Engineering earned a spot in the top five today at the provincial finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Haya Almutairi, a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, represented the University of Waterloo at the Ontario event after winning a campus-wide contest last month.

Haya Almutairi makes her presentation during the 3MT competition at the University of Waterloo last month.

Haya Almutairi makes her presentation during the 3MT competition at the University of Waterloo last month.

Almutairi, who also won the People’s Choice award in Waterloo, had 180 seconds and one static slide to explain her research into self-healing asphalt pavements to a non-expert audience at McMaster University in Hamilton.

It is the second year in a row that a Waterloo Engineering graduate student has both won 3MT in Waterloo and cracked the top five provincially.

The other student to do that, chemical engineering doctoral candidate Gregory Lui, went on to finish second in the national finals last year. Almutairi will also now move on to the 3MT nationals.

3MT began in Australia in 2008 and has grown into a world-wide event involving more than 600 universities and institutions in over 60 countries.

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