Faculty of Engineering and Information (EIS) PhD candidate Chuhao Liu’s research into rail track environments has helped him win UOW’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Chuhao battled it out against a dozen outstanding candidates showcasing their research in a bite-sized, three-minute pitch.

Chuhao’s condensed his PhD research into a talk titled ‘Find the best ‘jeans’ for railway foundation’. Chuhao’s research focuses on ‘optimizing the aperture size of plastic grids placed in rail tracks to minimise particle degradation in rail track environments’, under a project sponsored by Rail Manufacturing CRC, under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Associate Professor Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn and Dr Trung Ngo.

Professor Tim Marchant (Dean of Research), Chuhao Liu and Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna

“This event provides a wonderful way for students to distil their theses into accessible three-minute oral presentations and highlight some of EIS’s most exciting doctoral research”, says Professor Valerie Linton, Executive Dean EIS.

Chuhao has now progressed to the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals which will be held at The University of Queensland on Thursday, 27th September 2018 and will represent UOW against research students from universities across Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

EIS would also like to acknowledge the participation of our other faculty candidate, Benjamin Stephens-Fripp from the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronics & Biomedical Engineering for his excellent presentation Giving back the sense of touch’.