Second Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Event Date: March 9, 2018

Winners Finalists Judges Emcee Event Photos

Competition Winners

First Place: Philip Odonkor

Philip Odonker headshot.

PhD Program: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advisor: Kemper Lewis

Biography: Originally from Ghana, Philip Odonkor is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UB. Odonkor's research focuses on realizing the promise of net-zero energy smart buildings through the use of optimal control strategies. He aspires to develop energy management algorithms to discover our most innate energy habits and to use this data to better manage energy assets within our homes and offices. Odonkor's favorite activities are playing football, soccer and racquetball. After graduation, he plans to become an academic researcher in the field of energy optimization. 

Second Place: Naila Sahar

Nalia Sahar headshot.

PhD Program: English

Advisor: Carine Mardorossian

Biography: Naila Sahar is a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan who is pursuing her PhD in English. Her research focuses on overcoming barriers that deter Muslim women from voicing their concerns and challenging stereotypes either in script or action. Sahar aspires to change misconceptions about Muslim women in the United States by telling their life stories. She is a member of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). Sahar enjoys watching Netflix and catching up on sleep whenever possible. After graduation, she plans to teach journalism.

Third Place and People's Choice Winner: Camila Rosat Consiglio

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PhD Program: Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Advisor: Sandra Gollnick

Biography: Camila Rosat Consiglio, originally from Brazil, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Her research explores why men and women differ in immune responses and how sex hormones regulate the immune system. Her goal is to use the knowledge gained from her research to develop therapies that will enhance immunity to fight infections and diseases. In addition to her research activities, Rosat Consiglio loves to hike and attend concerts. Her future career plan is to become an investigator in the field of immunology.