UC Davis graduate student Hanjiro Ambrose having fun in a turtle shell

Meet the Grad Slam Finalists: Hanjiro Ambrose

Hanjiro Ambrose

Hanjiro Ambrose

​Program and Degree:
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ph.D., 4th year

Research Interests: 
Transportation, Technology, and the Environment

Grad Slam Presentation Title: 
Technology, Policy, and the Environmental Impacts of Mobility

What initially attracted you to your field of study?
Access to goods and services requires a seemingly endless system of inefficient vehicles and congested roads that pollute the urban landscape. I was attracted to transportation engineering because I wanted to help create a sustainable transportation system.

How would you describe your presentation style?

What was the biggest challenge you faced in developing your presentation?
Because of the large scale and interdisciplinary nature of my research, my biggest challenge was deciding which aspect or dimension to present.

Other than your own, which presentation in your Qualifying Round time slot impressed you the most?
On "are crop yields responsive to prices" using remote sensing and economic commodity data.

Aside from your graduate research, what are your other passions or hobbies?
Family dinners, ukulele jams, hiking adventures, two-wheeled mobility devices, and IPAs

Are you #TeamHanjiro?
Cheer him on at the April 5 UC Davis Grad Slam Finals. The event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited so reserve your ticket via Eventbrite today.

About Grad Slam

UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Students should present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner.

Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.

Grad Slam contests are held on each of UC’s 10 campuses from February through May. The first place winners from each campus will square off to capture the systemwide title and their share of $10,000 in prize money.

For more information on the competition, visit grad.ucdavis.edu/gradslam.

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