Doctoral Exam Schedule

Charles McGill, Chemical Engineering, “The Development of Elementary Reaction Mechanisms with Computational Quantum Chemistry,” July 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m., EBI-2018.  Major Professor:  Dr. Phillip Westmoreland.

Kaustav Mohanty, Mechanical Engineering, “Complex Tissue Characterization Using Ultrasound Multiple Scattering,” July 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m., EBIII-3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Marie Muller.

Kalpesh Padia, Computer Science, “Storyline Visualization Techniques for Linear, Non-linear and Diegetic Narratives,” July 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m., EBII-3300.  Major Professor:  Dr. Christopher G. Healey.

Vincent DiNova, Nuclear Engineering, “Automated Variable Selection of Gamma-Ray Spectra by Utilization of LASSO and Elastic Net Techniques for Use in Nuclear Security Applications,” July 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m., BU 1121.  Major Professor:  Dr. Robin Gardner.

Ysenia Victoria Silva Guillen, Animal Science and Poultry Science (Animal Science Concentration), “Antioxdant Supplementation to Alleviate the Negative Effects of Heat and Oxidative Stress on Performance and Health of Nursery and Finishing Pigs,” July 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Room 125 Polk Hall. Major Professor:  Dr. Eric van Heugten.

Mira Abed, Fiber and polymer Science, ” Heteroleptic Ru(II)Bipyridyl Complexes with Asymmetric Bis Ancillary Ligands for Dye-Sensitized Solar  Cells: Structure-Property Relationships and Comparison with Mono-and Bis- Substitutes Analogs,” July 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Room 3437 Wilson College of Textiles. Major Professor: Dr. Ahmed El-Shafei.

Saeed Saffari, Industrial Engineering, “Set Covering Problem with Conflict Constraints,” July 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m., 401 Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yahya Fathi.

Bita Akram, Computer Science, “Assessment of Students’ Computer Science Focal Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Game-Based Learning Environments,” July 18, 2019, 11:30 p.m., EBII-3300. Major Professors:  Dr. James Lester/Dr. Eric Wiebe.

Nayoung Kim, Industrial Engineering, “Effective Connectivity Based ACT-R Modeling of Workload Transition in Multitasking,” July 18, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Daniels 401.  Major Professor:  Dr. Chang S. Nam.

Preeti Tyagi, Forest Biomaterials, “Nanocellulose-Based Sustainable Barrier and Antimicrobial Coatings,” July 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m., 2203 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Lokendra Pal/Dr. Martin Hubbe.

Yijia Zhao Dietrich,  Biological and Agricultural Engineering, ” impacts of Animal Agricultural on the Potential Formation of Inorganic PM2.5: An improved Ammonia Emission Inventory and CMAQ Modeling, ” July 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m., Room  None.  Major Professor: Dr.Lingjuan Wang-Li.

Qian Ge, Electrical Engineering, “Robust Image Segmentation: Applications to Autonomous Car and Foramnifera Morphology Identification,” July 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m., EBII-3110.  Major Professor:  Dr. Edgar Lobaton.

Azadeh Bahmaninezhad, Operations Research, “Exact and Heuristic Approaches for Solving the Multi-Vehicle Advance Request Dial-a-Ride Problem,” July 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m., 401 Daniels.  Major Professor:  Dr. John Baugh.

Christine Brugh, Psychology, “Heterogeneity across Terrorism Contexts and Actors: Improving the Evidence Base supporting Counterterrorism Strategy,”July 22, 2019, 10:100 a.m., Poe Hall 512. Major Professors: Dr. Joseph Simons-Rudolph/Dr. Sarah Desmarais.

Jinung Do, Civil Engineering, “Scour Mitigation using Microbially Induced Carbonate Precipitation,” July 22, 2019, 2:00 p.m., Mann Hall 206.  Major Professors: Dr. Brina Montoya/Dr. Mohammed Gabr.

Ting Dai, Computer Science, “A Hybrid Approach to Cloud System Performance Bug Detection, Diagnosis and Fix,” July 23, 2019, 1:00 p.m., EBII-3300.  Major Professor:  Dr. Xiaohui Gu.

Brandon Long, Physics, Morphology, Chemistry and Domain Studies of Disparate Mesoscale Organic Systems: Patterned Conjugated Polymers and Preserved,” July 24, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Riddick Hall 415. Major Professor: Dr. Hans Hallen.

Kayla D. Coleman, Applied Mathematics, “Active Subspace Techniques, Bayesian Inference and Uncertainty Propagation for Nuclear Neutronics and Chemistry Models,” July 25, 2019, 2:00 p.m., SAS Hall 3282. Major Professor: Dr. Ralph Smith.

Yiwei Li, Chemistry, “Characterization of Macrolide Methyltranserase and Development of a Genetically-Encoded Biosensor of Polyketide Synthetic Biology, July 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Dabney 210. Major Professor:

Behrooz Keshavarzi, Civil Engineering, “Investigation into thermal cracking of asphalt concrete pavement sections by using simplified Viscoelostic continum darye theory,” July 29, 2019.  Major Professor:  Dr. Richard Kim.

Kristen Booth, Electrical Engineering, “Multidomain Medium Frequency Transformer Optimization Using High Fidelity Modelling,” July 29, 2019, 2:30 p.m., FREEDM Energy Board Room.  Major Professor: Dr. Srdjan Lukic.

Chris McDaniel, Sociology, “Parental Incarceration, Depression and Crime: An Examination of Parental Closeness, Parent-Child Gender and Incarceration,” July 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m., 1911 Building, R.m. 128. Major Professors: Dr. Patricia McCall/Dr.Tony Parcel.

Saeed Saffari, Industrial Engineering, “Set Covering Problem with Conflict Constraints,” July 31, 2019, 2:00 p.m., Daniels Hall-401. Major Professor:  Dr. Yahya Fathi.

Jessica Gilbertie, Comparative Biomedical Sciences , ” Bacterial Behavior in Synovial Fluid and Development of a Novel Therapeutic to Combat Infectious Arthritis, ” August 1, 2019, 101 Research Building, CVM. Major Professors:  Dr. Lauren Schnabel/Dr. Sam jones.

Ismail Mohamed, Mechanical Engineering, “Modeling the Large Strain Deformatino and Fracture of Zironium Alloys and Hydrides,” August 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m., EBIII-3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Mohammed Zikry.

Neha Patankar, Operations Research, “Addressing uncertainly in energy system optimization models over long planning horizon,” August 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m., 401 Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Joseph DeCarolis.

Rishikesh Ranade, Mechanical Engineering, “Development of machine learning methods for turbulence combustion closure and chemistry acceleration,” August 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m., EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Tarek Echekki.

Yuan Feng, Statistics, “Nonparametric and Computational Methods for High-Dimentional and Longitudinal Data,” August 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m., SAS Hall 05270. Major Professors: Dr. Luo Xiao/Dr. Eric Chi.

Viswanath Padmanabhan Ramesh, Electrical Engineering, “Flexible thermoelectric generators using bulk materials, EGain interconnects, low thermal conductivity fillers, and their characterization on-body,” August 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m., MRC 136.  Major Professor:  Dr. Mehmet C. Ozturk.

Samuel Widmayer, Biology, “Discussing the Genetic Architecture of Hybrid Male Sterility in the Mouse,” August 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m., Thomas Hall, Stephens Room. Major Professor: Dr. David Aylor.

Danny Hamrick, Sociology, “How Markets Shape Geographical Indicators: A Global Value Chain Analysis of Pisco,” August 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m., R.m. 129, 1911 Building. Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Bowen.

Yuhua Du, Electrical Engineering, “Distributed Control of Microgrids with Dynamic Boundaries,” August 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Energy Board Room, FREEDM Center.  Professor:  Dr. Srdjan Lukic.

Adam J. Morgan, Electrical Engineering, “Investigation of Self-Oscillating Resonant Conversion and Impact on High Speed WBG Power Semiconductor Switching,” August 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Energy Board Room/FREEDM.  Major Professor:  Dr. Douglas C. Hopkins.

Vikas Chauhan, Electrical Engineering, “A Code-Modulated Interferometric Imaging System Using Phased Arrays,” August 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m., MRC 463.  Major Professor:  Dr. Brian Floyd.

Pedro Vergara Gonzalez, Electrical Engineering, “Study and Fabrication of an actuated polymer based dielectric mirror,” August 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m., MRC 337.  Major Professor:  Dr. Leda Lunardi.

Chao Wan, Mechanical Engineering, “Vibration-based Damage Detection Using High-speed Camera,” August 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m., EBIII-3115.  Major Professor:  Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Yasaman Sargolzaeiaval, Electrical Engineering, “Flexible thermoelectric generator using bulk materials, EGain interconnects, high thermal conductivity encapsulation, and heat spreaders,” August 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m., MRC 136.  Major Professor:  Dr. Mehmet C. Ozturk.

Yao Meng, Electrical Engineering, “Energy Storage for Providing Regulation Service and Mitigating Power System Forced Oscillation,” August 14, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Energy Board Room/FREEDM System Center.  Major Professor:  Ning Lu.

Cody Melton, Physics, “Towards Heavy Element Materials with Electronic Structure Quantum Monte Carlo Methods,” August 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m., Riddick Hall 106. Major Professor: Dr. Lubos Mitas.

Xiangming Xue, Mechanical Engineering, “Consensus-based Distributed Control of Uncertain Multi-Agent Systems,” August 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m., EBIII-3115.  Major Professor: Dr. Fen Wu.

Junyu Shen, Electrical Engineering, “Additive Manufactured Microwave Waveguide Components Using Digital Light Processing,” August 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m., MRC 463.  Major Professor:  Dr. David Ricketts.

Pranav Hosangadi, Aerospace Engineering, “Rapid Prediction of Post-Stall Aerodynamic Characteristics of Aircraft with Swept Wings,” August 19, 2019, 1:00 p.m., EBIII-3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Ashok Gopalarathnam.

Kasey Orvidas, Psychology, “The Importance of Mindsets for Healthy Behaviors,” August 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Poe Hall 500. Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Burnette.

Ashraf El Gaaly, Nuclear Engineering, “Optimization Models for Melting Patterns in PBF-AM,” August 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m., 126 Daniels Hall.  Major Professors: Dr. Russell King/Dr. Timothy Horn/Dr. Christopher Rock.

Yuepeng Qi, Computer Science, “Performance Analysis of a Cooperative Amplify-and-forward Relay Approach for MIMO WLANs,” August 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m., EBII-3300.  Major Professor:  Dr. Mihail Sichitiu.

Qiang Guo, Material Sciences & Engineering, “Engineering of Electrically Injected UVC AlGaN-based Laser,” August 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m., RBI-303.  Major Professors: Dr. Zlatko Sitar/Dr. Ramon Collazo.

Huan-Yu Chang, Mechanical Engineering, “Damage Visualization of Scattered Ultrasonic Wavefield via Integrated High-speed Camera System,” September 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m.  Major Professor:  Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Bruno Miguel Simoes Ferreira, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “Permatourism: Concept Development, Application, and Empirical Validation,” October 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m., Conger Room, Biltmore Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Duarte Morais.

Hannah Reese, Chemical Engineering, “Modulating the Binding Energy of Synthetic Peptide Ligands Towards Bio-Molecular Targets,” October 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m., EBI-2018.  Major Professor:  Dr. Stefano Menegatti.

Bowen Li, Computer Engineering, “High-speed Receiver Behavioral Modeling using machine learning,” October 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m., MRC 438.  Major Professor:  Dr. Paul Franzon.

Kijeong Han, Electrical Engineering, “Design, Analysis, and Optimization of 1.2hV 4H-SiC Planar-Grade Power Mosfets for Improved High Frequency Switching,” October 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m., MRC 337.  Major Professor:  Dr. B. Jayant Baliga.

Liangliang Su, Physics, “Molecular Model for the Interaction of Charged Nano-Particles with Metal Surfaces,” November 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Riddick Hall 415. Major Professor: Dr. Donald Brenner.

Ruonan Yang, Electrical Engineering, “Intrinsic coincident polarimetry based on tandem organic photovoltaics,” November 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m., MRC 463.  Major Professor: Dr. Michael Kudenov.

Yulin Deng, Industrial Engineering, “Influence of Automation Transparency on Driver Skill Decay in Use of High-level Automated Driving Systems,” November 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Daniels 308.  Major Professors:  Dr. David Kaber/Dr. Jing Feng.

Shruti Gandhi, Computer Engineering, “VRITTI: Guarantees For Mix Flows In Inter Datacenter Wan Environments,” November 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m.  Major Professor:  Dr. Vannis Viniotis.