Shelair SinjariShelair Sinjari’s video explaining her work testing dampers to mitigate cable vibration won the UWindsor Twitter-based Graduate Showcase.

Explanation of vibration dampers takes prize in grad research competition

Cable vibration — whether caused by natural or human sources — can be dangerous, says Shelair Sinjari (BASc 2020), a master’s student of civil engineering.

“These vibrations can cause tall buildings to sway or even severe damage to structures, such as bridges,” she says.

Sinjari hopes her research will be implemented into systems affected by high vibrations to mitigate these effects and help designers select the best models for their projects. Her video explaining that work earned her top honours in the second annual UWindsor Twitter-based Graduate Showcase.

The competition highlighted the scholarly activity of grad students by having them share their work on social media May 18. Sinjari’s entry, “Behaviour of Magnetorheological dampers and its application in cable vibration control,” claimed the best in show prize and its award of $500.

“Winning made me very happy because I spent a lot of time working on my video,” she says. “I am proud to represent females in technical fields and hope it will show other women we can do it. It’s not as hard as people think!”

The contest, organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, awarded $200 prizes for the best entry in each faculty:

  • Khushali Parikh, science
  • Ailin Barzegar, engineering
  • Thu Le, education
  • Yashpreet Birdi, arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • Zachary Evans, human kinetics
  • MaryRose Janisse, nursing
  • Ifeanyi Nwokolo, law

and five $100 honourable mentions to Danielle Orrell, Duy-Khang Dang, Brandon Sabourin, Alexandra Mactavish, and Jovan Stefanov.

See Sinjari’s winning entry here. To see all submissions, check out the hashtag #UWINGradShowcase.

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