The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Clemson University took place on October 27, 2016 at the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium. The University of Queensland developed 3MT as a research communication competition to challenge students in higher research degree programs to present their research and its significance in a compelling way to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less. The competition was open to all graduate students from all departments across all Clemson University campuses. There were a total of 28 finalists and out of the 28, the top six were selected for a super final that took place later in the day. Guneet Bedi, Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, was awarded the first place prize, a cash reward of $300. As the first place winner, Bedi was awarded the opportunity to represent Clemson University at the regional competition. The regional competition semifinals took place on March 4th, and out of the 46 semifinalists, Guneet was chosen as one of the 8 finalists to compete in the final round. Guneet looks forward to this opportunity to share his research and his Clemson spirit!
Guneet’s 3MT talk, entitled “Home, ‘Smart’ Home – A Sweeter Home for the Next Generation” highlighted his research on developing an intelligent computational engine, or “brain” for reducing wasted electricity and carbon emissions as well as making home life more convenient, safe, and comfortable. Guneet’s research aims to provide a solution to the ever-growing global demand for clean, affordable, and sustainable electricity.
Originally from India, Guneet is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, researching Internet of Things. Guneet received his B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication from University of Pune, India (2011) and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University (2014). While in the ECE program, Guneet has worked as a graduate teaching, grading, instruction, and research assistant. Guneet has also served as a Women in Science and Engineering summer camp instructor and as a graduate student mentor for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Guneet has published several peer-reviewed papers and has presented his research at a number of conferences. Besides his academic pursuits, Guneet has served as the President of Graduate Student Government, President of International Student Association, and the Vice President of Clemson Indian Students’ Association. Guneet played on Clemson’s water polo club team for two successive years and is a current member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national level leadership honor society and the Student Affairs Student Advisory Board. During his time at Clemson, Guneet has been honored with awards for his outstanding scholarship, leadership, teaching, and service.
Guneet Bedi will graduate in May 2018, and his research interests are Internet of Things (IoT) to provide a sustainable and efficient solution for smart home energy management. Post Ph.D., he plans to work in industry developing IoT solutions for providing more affordable and sustainable electricity globally and to make home life more convenient, safe, and comfortable.