Ramya Rachmawati from the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences has won the College final of the annual Three Minute Thesis competition.
The competition challenges higher degree by research candidates to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience, using a single power point slide.
Ms Rachmawati’s presentation, Optimisation models in fire management, was a truncated version of her studies on how to break up high fuel cells by targeting specific areas of bushland for back burning in order to ensure safer fire seasons and the protection of native animals.
The People's Choice award went to Hua Qian Ang from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering for her presentation, Nature: The future of automotive safety. The presentation outlined her investigation into possible ways of reinforcing vehicles using materials that are made with cellular structures similar to those that are found in nature.
Both winners were judged on comprehension, content, engagement and communication and were only allowed one slide to help communicate their message.
Judges on the decision panel were Susan Walker, General Manager, Australian Centre for Health Innovation; Jack Kerlin, Senior Technical Director, Building and Places, AECOM Technology Corporation; Dr Sarah Stow, Senior Manager, School of Graduate Research, RMIT; and Professor Matthew Cuthbertson, Deputy PVC, Research and Innovation, College of Science, Engineering and Health.
Ms Rachmawati and Ms Ang will represent the College at the RMIT final on Wednesday 24 September. The 2014 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis national final will be held at the University of Western Australia in early November.