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Chem Eng Pitch Your Thesis Competition 2018April 11, 2018

First Annual ChemEng Pitch Competition - Can you clearly and concisely present your research work in 3 minutes?


Have you ever tried to explain your research topic to your friends or family, and have them stare at you like you are speaking a different language? Think you can explain your thesis in 3 minutes or less?
I'm sure many of you are aware of the 3MT competition that is happening across campus in the next few weeks. This year, our department will also be running our very own competition, "Pitch your Thesis," with winners receiving monetary scholarships as well as travel scholarships to send the winners to present their research at a conference. Research groups are asked to nominate representatives (1 for groups with fewer than 6 chemical engineering graduate students, and 2 for groups of 6 or more chemical engineering graduate students) to compete in this competition taking place on April 11, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Nominations are due on March 28th, 2018. 

3MT Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted
  • No additional electronic media are permitted
  • No additional props are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?


  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation?

Adjudication Panel

Huge thank you to our judges that came out today in support of the event and to choose the best ChemEng Pitch! 

Barkev Keoshkerian Adam Pepler Michelle Ogrodnik Amr Abdelgawad
An exceptional organic chemist that has worked at Xerox Research Centre of Canada for almost 38 years. He is not only a suburb teacher and mentor to students and other professionals, but Barkev is also listed as an inventor on over 180 patents. Currently the Career Development and Relationship Manager for graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. He provides career services support and manages the recently launched graduate co-op option. Prior to joining the faculty, Adam worked as an engineering recruiter for 8 years servicing a variety of engineering firms across multiple industries. A graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University where she integrates theoretical principles of psychology and education to understand how physical activity can be used to improve academic performance in students of all ages. Michelle works as a student educational developer at McMaster's MacPherson Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is passionate about knowledge translation and was awarded the Participants Choice Award at McMaster’s 3-Minute Thesis competition (2017) and was selected as 1 of 2 winners in a 1-Minute Thesis Competition at McMaster.  Graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master's degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Nanotechnology Engineering. Amr co-founded two startups and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at NERv Tech., a medical device startup developing an implantable biochip to identify post-operative complications.

Participant List 

Pranav Madabhushi
Dr. Adams
Distillation:It's's's Semicontinuous!
Eva Mueller
Dr. Hoare
Smart Materials for Drug Delivery 
Partick Morkus
Dr. Latulippe
Detection of Biocides in Industrial Wastewater
Kevin DeFrance
Dr. Cranston/Dr. Hoare
Designing scaffolds for muscle tissue engineering
Shabnam Shoaebargh
Dr. Latulippe
Towards Advanced Manufacturing of the Next Generation of Cancer Treatment 
Umatheny Umatheva
Dr. Ghosh
Cuboids: Purification with Box-shaped Devices
Azucena Gonzalez Gomes
Dr. Doust
Getting the drug to the bug.
Vincent Leung
Dr. Filipe
Breaking The Cold Chain:  Creating Thermally Stable Vaccines
Felipe Gomes
Dr. Thompson
A New Way of Manufacturing
Lu Zhu
Dr. Xi
Transporting fluid through pipelines...could we do better?
Ivana Postic
Dr. Sheardown
Reimagining PEGs for Healthcare Applications
Pulkit Mathur
Dr. Swartz
Optimal Scheduling in Hydroelectric Power Plants
Maria Ruiz Caldas
Dr. de Lannoy
In-situ Remediation of Soils using Fe-CNC Nanoparticles
Leila Hoseinzade
Dr. Adams
`We generate everything by emitting nothing...We are GREEN
Madeline Simpson
Dr. Hoare
Engineering an Elusive Puzzle Piece

Winners List

After having incredible presentations given by everyone, the final decision by the judges are as follows:

Vincent Leung
Breaking The Cold Chain:  Creating Thermally Stable Vaccines
Kevin DeFrance
Designing scaffolds for muscle tissue engineering
Eva Mueller
Smart Materials for Drug Delivery

Congratulations to our winners and to everyone that participated!!