Best Oral Presenter at Postgraduate 3-Minutes Thesis Challenge

UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) PhD in Engineering student Pan Swee Qi emerged as the winner for Best Oral Presenter under the Technology category at the Postgraduate 3-minute Thesis Challenge (3MTC), held on 20 November 2023.

Themed ‘Innovations Shaping Tomorrow’, the challenge was organised by MSU The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of the Postgraduate Centre (PGC) at the Performing Arts Theatre of Management and Science University (MSU).

Pan (second from left) received a plaque from MSU SGS Dean Assoc Prof Dr Norshafarina Shaari (third from right) and 3MCT Programme Director Dr Nurul Azira Ismail (third from left)

Pan won the best oral presenter award for his project titled “Amide proton transfer magnetic resonance imaging (APT MRI) as a better imaging modality for brain tumour treatment Monitoring”. He walked away with a certificate and a plaque.

Pan’s project aimed to explore the potential of APT MRI in revolutionising brain tumour treatment monitoring. In recent decades, medical imaging has been at the forefront of breakthroughs in the medical field. Pan underscored the advantages of MRI in his presentation, particularly highlighting the potential of Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST MRI) to offer both anatomical and physiological insights.  By envisioning a future where medical imaging can not only detect metabolic abnormalities but also precisely locate them, the PhD student emphasised the potential of APT MRI as the next groundbreaking advancement in medical imaging technology.

Pan expressed, “I firmly believe that pursuing a PhD is a journey of comprehensive growth. Therefore, seizing every opportunity presented to me has been a fundamental aspect of my PhD experience. Participating in a 3-minute thesis challenge for the first time was a significant step for me, and I am deeply honoured to have been recognised as the best oral presenter in the technology category.”

He added, “I owe immense gratitude to my PhD supervisor, LKC FES Head of Programme for PhD (Engineering) Assoc Prof Dr Tee Yee Kai, as well as to my colleagues and all those who contributed to making this achievement possible. My journey does not end here. I am committed to continuing to strive for further accomplishments in the future to make valuable contributions to my field. This accolade serves as motivation for me to push myself even harder, ensuring that my research endeavours culminate in a truly impactful and fruitful outcome.”


Plaque and certificate won by Pan

3MTC is aimed at assessing students’ capacity to communicate ideas effectively. It also aimed to enhance the development of academic and research communication skills. A research student will be given three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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