Doctoral Exam Schedule

Hongyu Chen, Animal science and Poultry Science (Animal Science Concentration), ” Use of Feed Enzymes on Growth and Health of Pigs,” February 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Room 125 Polk Hall. Major Professor:  Dr. Sung Woo Kim.

Giovanni Esteves, Materials Science and Engineering, “Advanced X-ray Diffraction Techniques to Study Domain Reorientation in Lead Zirconate Titanate Bulk and Thin Films,” February 24, 2017, 3:30 p.m., EBI 3003.  Major Professor: Dr. Jacob L. Jones.

Ling Ou, Crop Science, ” The Impact of Soil Characteristics on Pesticides and Species Transformation: Laboratory Studies and Meta-Analysis,” February 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Room 4401E ,Williams Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Travis Gannon.

Jialong Shen, Fiber and Polymer Science, ” The Structural Bases for Polymer Glass-Transition Temperatures,” March 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Room 3436, College of Textiles. Major Professor: Dr. Alan E. Tonelli.

Wilmer Reyes Sandoval, Forestry and Environmental Resources, “Landscape Heterogeneity and Complexity: Implications for Terrestrial Carbon and Water Cycles,” March 2, 2017, 10:30 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Ryan Emanuel.

John Zachary Mundy, Chemical Engineering, “Deposition Processes for Multifunctional Nanocoatings,” March 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m., EBI 2018.  Major Professors:  Dr. Gregory N. Parsons/Dr. Saad A. Khan.

Jeremy Howard, Animal Science and Poultry Science (Animal Science Concentration), “Utilizing Genomic Information to Manage the Diversity and Minimize the Unfavorable Effects of Inbreeding in Livestock Population,” March 7, 2017, 12:00 noon, Room 125 Polk Hall. Major professor: Dr. Christian Maltecca.

Katie Neufeld, Plant Pathology, “Epidemiology of Cucurbit Downy Mildew: Predicting Risk of Disease Infection and Validation of the CDM imprPIPE Forecasting System,” March 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Room 202, Partners III. Major Professor:  Dr. Peter Ojiambo.

Andrew L. Pais, Plant Pathology, ‘ Molecular Characterization of Local Adaptation of Natural Flowering Dogwood Populations (C. florida) to Fungal Pathogens and Environmental Stress,” March 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m., Room 3503 Thomas Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Quiyun Ziang.

Alan Chase, Educational Administration & Supervision, “Educational Policy Formation: The Closing and Unclosing of The Governor Morehead School for the Blind,” March 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lance Fusarelli.

Yao Yu, Industrial Engineering, “Performance Approximations and Controls in Queueing Network,” March 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Room 401/Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yunan Liu.

Elizabeth Adams, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “The Effect of a Middle School STEM Iniative on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Study Using Instrumental Variables and Inverse Propensity Weights,” March 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dt. Stephen Porter.

Taheera Blount, Counseling & Counselor Education, “A Phenomenological Study of African American Women Substance Use Recovery Experiences: Utilizing Spirituality, Religion, and Family to Achieve Sustained Recovery,” March 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 5202 SAS Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Edwin Gerler.

Li Wang, Electrical Engineering, “Medium Voltage Medium Frequency Resonant Converter Base on 15kV SiC Mosfets,” March 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m., FREEDM Center Energy Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Alex Q. Huang.

Marlena Everett, Adult & Community Education, “The Persistence of Military Veteran Students in a Southeastern Community College: A Narrative Study,” March 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Tuere Bowles.

Teresa Penbrooke, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “Positioning Local Parks and Recreation Agencies as Preventive Public Health Providers,” March 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major professor: Dr. Michael Edwards.

Melissa Stopa, Curriculum & Instruction, “Pedagogical Practices to Develop Community in Online Learning: The Affordances of Technology, a Mixed Methods Study,” March 15, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Ellen Vasu.

Amin Nozariasbmarz, Electrical Engineering, “In situ decrystallizan sintering of thermoelectric materials by microwave energy,” March 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m., MRC 463.  Major Professor:  Dr. Daryoosh Vashaee.

Caleb Furlough, Psychology, “Mental Model Structures: Differences at Multiple Levels of Experience,” March 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Poe Hall 120. Major Professor: Dr. Douglass Gillan.

Allie McCreary, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “A Place-Based Framework for Assessing Climate Change Impacts to Nature-Based Tourism: Why Attributes, Activities, and Meanings Matter,” March 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 1132 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Erin Seekamp/Dr. Jordan Smith.

Chelsey Walden-Schreiner, Forestry and Environmental Resources, “Integrating Geospatial Resource Use and Environmental Data at Varying Scales for Protected Area Conservation,” March 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 5119 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Yu-Fai Leung.

Inchul Choi, Industrial Engineering, “A Sensorimotor Rhythm-Based Brain-Computer Interface Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation for Restoration of Hand Grasping and Extension Functions,” March 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 401 Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Chang S. Nam.

Graham Ford, Forestry and Environmental Resources, “Variation and Stability of Inter- and Intraprovenance Crosses of Eastern and Western Loblolly Pine,” March 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Steven McKeand/Dr. Ross Whetten.

Weston Straka, Materials Science and Engineering, “Processing effects on properties and microstructure of oxide thin film heterostructures, ”  March 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Room 2018 EBI. Major Professor:  Dr. Justin Schwartz.

Maria Rosa Rangel, Educational Administration & Supervision, “A Qualitative Exploration of Southeast U.S. Mexican Immigrant Parents’ Perceptions of Parental Involvement,” March 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 5202 SAS Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lisa Bass.

Karen Tharrington, Curriculum & Instruction, “Help: The Value of Bringing Pre-Service Teachers into the Fold of Professional Learning Networks with Twitter,” March 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Kevin Oliver.

Karen Holding-Jordan, Educational Administration & Supervision, “Perceptions of Effective Teaching Practices in Early College High Schools: A Juxtaposition of the Perceptions of Students and Their College Instructors,” March 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lisa Bass.

Joong Hee Min, Mechanical Engineering, “Design and Characterization of Thin Metallic Nanostructures for Flexible Transparent Conductors,” March 21, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 3235-EBIII. Major Professor:  Dr. Chih-Hao Chang.

Sha Luo, Industrial Engineering, “Ordering Strategy, Supplier Incentive, and Supply Chain Performance,” March 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m., DAN 401.  Major Professors: Dr. Russell E. King/Dr. Shu-Cherng Fang.

Paul C. Lemaire, Chemical Engineering, “Atomic Layer Deposition for Controlling Nucleation,” March 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m., EBI 2018.  Major Professor:  Dr. Gregory N. Parsons.

Stacy Outlaw, Higher Education Administration, “Early College High School Students’ Transition to a Research University,” March 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach/Dr. Paul Umbach.

Provat Saha, Civil Engineering, “Investigation of Organic Aerosol Volatility in the Lab and Field,” March 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Mann 323.  Major Professor:  Dr. Andrew Grieshop.

Seyma Nur Ozcan, Applied Mathematics, “Development of Well-Balanced and Asymptotic preserving Numerical Mathods for Partial Differential Equations,” March 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m., SAS Hall 3282. Major Professor: Dr. Alina Chertock.

Hao Chen, Forestry & Environmental Resources, “Transcriptional Regulation of Wood Cell Wall Biosynthesis in Populus Trichocarpa Xylem,” March 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m., 2500 Partners II. Major Professor: Dr. Vincent Chiang.

Bryan D. Maione, Electrical Engineering, “Snapshot Imaging Spectiometry in the Visible and Long Wave Infrared,” March 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m., MRC 454.  Major Professor:  Dr. Michael Kudenov.

Emily Barnard, Mathematics, “The Canonical joint representation in algebraic combinatorics,” March 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m., SAS Hall 3282. Major Professor: Dr. Nathan Reading.

Ji Shen, Economics, “Three Essays on Volatility of Stock Prices,” March 27, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 3302 Nelson Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Denis Pelletier.

Derek Williams, Mathematics Education, “Student Experiences in Community College Precalculus: A Mixed Methods Study of Student Engagement and Understanding,” March 27, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Haren Hollebrands.

LeeAnna Chapman, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, “The Teaching Beliefs of Future Geoscience Professors: Characterization and Assessing Change,” March 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Jordan Hall 1132. Major Professor: Dr. David McConnell.

Resulali Emre Orgut, Civil Engineering, “Improving Project Control Analytics in Construction Industry,” March 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Mann 206.  Major Professor:  Dr. Edward Jaselskis.

Zhenmin Hou, Design, “Development and Design of Exergames for the Aging Population,” March 28, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Leazar Hall 102. Major Professor: Dr. Haig Khachatoorian.

Nur Aira Abd Rahim, Adult & Community College Education, “Exploring the Self-Regulatory Beliefs and Actions of Adult Undergraduate Students Learning in Online Credit Courses,” March 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Carol Kasworm.

Joseph H. Dycus, Material Science & Engineering, “Advancing Atomic Scale Quantification of Interface Structure and Chemistry via Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy,” March 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m., EBI 3018.  Major Professor:  Dr. James LeBeau.

Amr Helal, Civil Engineering, “Risk Analysis of Embankment Structures using Performance-based Probabilistic Analysis and Artificial Neural Network Approach,” March 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Mann 206.  Major Professors:  Dr. Mohammed Gabr/Dr. Roy Borden.

Hongwen Dai, Computer Engineering, “GPU memory architecture optimization,” April 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m., EBII-3110.  Major Professor:  Dr. Huiyang Zhou.

Yizhe Xu, Electrical Engineering, “Control and Operation of Grid-Connected Solid State Synchronous Machine,” April 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Keystone Energy Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Alex Qin Huang.

Wen Lin, Forestry & Environmental Resources, “Do Loblolly Pine Trees Acclimate Similarly Across the Entire Southeastern US to Drought and Fertilization?,” April 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. John King / Dr. Askoo Noorments / Dr. Jean-Christophe Domec.

Suxuan Guo, Electrical Engineering, “High Voltage High Frequency Isolated DC/DC Converter Based on SIC MOSFETs,” April 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Energy Board Room, Keystone Science Center.  Major Professors:  Dr. Alex Q. Huang/Dr. Wensong Yu.

Ali Azidehak, Electrical Engineering, “Design of fault-tolerant controller for modular multi-level converters,” April 27, 2017, 2:00 p.m., FREEDM Energy Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Amir Bahmani, Computer Science, “Scalable Communication Tracing via Clustering,” May 01, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 3265.  Major Professor:  Dr. Frank Mueller.