Grad Slam is NYU Abu Dhabi's 3-minute thesis competition for our graduate and postdoctoral community. Participants will be presenting their research in a short and engaging format, covering a variety of research topics highlighting ongoing NYUAD research. The final competition will be judged by members of university leadership, with prizes awarded for first and second place, as well as a People's Choice award determined by the audience.



Renee Dugan

Interim Director, Executive Education; Senior Advisor, Professional and Executive Programs

Matthew Karau

Director of the Engineering Design Studio

Martin Mbugua

Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations

  • Zaid Khan 
    PhD Candidate, Transportation Planning and Engineering
    SLAM Bus: A Stop-Less Autonomous Modular Bus Service

    Wael Abdrabou
    Postdoctoral Associate in Biology
    Malaria: an Old Foe Thriving on Steroids

    Wegood Awad
    PhD Candidate in Chemistry
    Bioinspired Materials from the Australian Marri Nut

    Rafat Mahmood
    Postdoctoral Associate in Economics
    Poverty and Terrorism

    Issac Sarnoff
    PhD Candidate in Physics
    Blazar Boosted Dark Matter Detection

    Marieh Handawi
    Postdoctoral Associate in Chemistry 
    Physicochemical Aspects of Survival Mechanisms of Desert Flora

    Haneen Alsuradi 
    Postdoctoral Associate in Electrical Engineering
    The Language of Touch

    Christopher Holder
    Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Engineering
    Where Am I? Teaching Robots To Build Mental Maps

    Ayoub Glia 
    Postdoctoral Associate in Mechanical Engineering
    Cell Banking at a Paper Cut

    Alam Saj
    PhD Candidate in Physics
    Improving PCR Testing




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