John Bandler—Three Minute Thesis
John Bandler is active in artistic, literary, academic, speaking and theatrical endeavors. See Bandler’s non-technical bio. Since 2015, he has directed his attention to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.
In 2015, he delivered workshops to candidates for McMaster University’s Three Minute Thesis and Falling Walls Competitions. Since then, he has given further workshops and has been active in mentoring and coaching students and researchers from all disciplines in the art of scripting, creating and delivering talks for the Three Minute Thesis and various other speaking and pitching competitions.
In 2017, he delivered “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes,” a workshop with Ana Kovacevic for candidates of the 2017 McMaster University Three Minute Thesis Competition. Watch “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes.” An IEEE MTT-S Webinar on “The Art of Effectively Communicating Complex, Highly Technical Work in Three Minutes” was held on March 28, 2017.
Listen to our 2017 CFMU interview by Mark Gonzalez, “How YOU can better prepare for McMaster’s 3 Minute Thesis competition!”
Listen to our 2018 CFMU interview by Sawayra Owais, “The AlmaMAC Episode 52 (Feb. 8/10): Presenting for life with Dr. John Bandler, Michelle Ogrodnik, and Daniel Tajik.”
In 2018, with Michelle Ogrodnik and Daniel Tajik, he delivered “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes.” Watch “Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes.” An IEEE MTT-S Webinar on “Communicating Your Highly Technical Work to Non-Specialists in Three Short Minutes” was held on March 13, 2018.
In 2019, with Michelle Ogrodnik and Daniel Tajik, he delivered “Authentic, Engaging, Clear: Your Thesis in 3 Short Minutes.” An IEEE MTT-S Webinar on “Engaging Your Non-specialist, Non-technical Listener in Just Three Minutes” was held on March 26, 2019.
In 2016, with Erin Kiley, he initiated the inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition for the 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) open to students and young professionals. The competition took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, in June 2017.
You can find selected videos on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel. Click here for the playlist. In particular, watch Daniel Tajik, “Microwave Holography: The Future of Medical Imaging,” First Place Winner and Audience Choice Winner; Shirin Montazeri, “Low-power Electronics for Future Telescopes,” Second Place Winner; Sandamali Devadithya, “Fast Radar Imaging: Shorter Queues at Airport Security,” Third Place Winner; Farhan Abdul Ghaffar, “Don’t Talk Back!” Honorable Mention.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition continued for its second year in Philadelphia in June 2018 at 2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). You can find selected videos on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel. Click here for the playlist.
The 3MT® continued in Boston in June 2019 at 2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). See selected videos on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel. Click here for the playlist.
A 3MT® competition is planned for IMS2020 in Los Angeles.
In 2018, with Ian Bruce, he spearheaded the first ever McMaster University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 3MT®. Videos hosted by the School of Graduate Studies include the awards video. The competition is now a requirement for all graduate students in the department. For 2019 3MT® videos hosted by the Faculty of Engineeirng click here.
See Bandler’s YouTube channel for videos relevant to presentations in general and 3MT in particular. See Bandler’s Lifetime Publications for references to recent, relevant articles and links to videos of workshops and seminars.
Last Update:September 19 2019