Auburn Engineering students competing in Three Minute Thesis competition Nov. 18

Published: Nov 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Chris Anthony, chris.anthony@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

From left, Thomas Loxley, Kyle Stone and Yuan Tian.
From left: Thomas Loxley, Kyle Stone and Yuan Tian.

Three Auburn Engineering graduate students have been selected as finalists in Auburn University’s Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition.

Thomas Loxley, Kyle Stone and Yuan Tian will compete against eight other finalists Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The competition challenges graduate students to effectively explain their research in language appropriate for a general audience in only three minutes.

Loxley’s presentation is titled “Within-tree fuel characteristics of Loblolly Pines (Pinus taeda).” He is a master’s student in biosystems engineering working under the direction of Oladiran Fasina.

Stone’s presentation is titled “Methane War: A Methanotroph Strikes Back.” He is a doctoral student in chemical engineering whose faculty advisor is Jin Wang.

Tian’s presentation is titled “Peptide grafted hydrogels for capturing endothelial progenitor cells: repairing blood vessels after angioplasty.” He is a doctoral student in chemical engineering and is advised by Elizabeth Lipke.

The students earned a place in the 3MT finals after being among the top presenters during a series of preliminaries in October. More information about the competition can be found at grad.auburn.edu/3MT