‘30 Second Thesis’ series shows how grad students are changing the world

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Aaron Bivins explains his Ph.D. research as part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's new video series, "30 Second Thesis." The videos highlight the work of the School's graduate students, challenging them to explain their work and why it matters to the world in as close to 30 seconds as they can. Bivins works with Assistant Professor Joe Brown to ensure water supplies are delivering safe water to communities around the world. New videos will debut occasionally with other graduate students.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering debuts a new video concept March 3 highlighting the work of our graduate students.

This occasional series challenges students from every discipline within civil and environmental engineering to explain their research and why it matters in 30 seconds (or close to that).

The first of the “30 Second Thesis” videos is now live on the School’s website with others to follow from time to time. All the videos will be available on a dedicated web page and the School’s YouTube channel.

“Our students are making significant contributions to science and engineering every day, and we wanted to showcase their efforts in a unique way,” said Reginald DesRoches, professor and Karen and John Huff School Chair. “Whether it’s finding ways to deliver clean water, protect the environment, or improve our transportation planning, our graduate students are doing work that advances our field and, more importantly, work that improves our society. I’m excited to share more of their stories through this series.”

The first video features Aaron Bivins, a Ph.D. student working with Joe Brown to “ensure piped water supplies around the world deliver water that’s safe for people to drink,” as Bivins explains in his video.

Future segments will detail students’ efforts to find productive ways to reuse biomass ash and improve how transportation planners use metrics to assess their strategies.

Civil engineering undergraduate student Zonglin (Jack) Li records and edits the videos, which are produced by the School’s communications staff.