Doctoral Exam Schedule

Hannah Bolinger, Food Science, “Emerging Antibiotic Resistance Trends and Risk Factors for Campylobacter spp. in Commercially Produced Turkey Flocks,”  October 19, 2017, 11:45 a.m., room 103 Schaub Hall. Major Professor:  Dr. Sophia Kathariou.

Kurtis Dluge, Functinoal Genomics, ” Genomic Approaches for and Characteristics of Commercially Important Tobacco Loci,”  October 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m., Room 2405 Williams Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Ralph Dewey.

Sonya Shaw, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “An Exploration of the Career Experiences of African American Women Leaders in Parks and Recreation Organizations,” October 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Myron Floyd.

Alessandra Dinin, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “An Exploration in Theory of the Storied Experiences of Women Earning Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees at a Southern, Research, Predominately White Institution,” October 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m., 112 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Audrey Jaeger/Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles.

Elizabeth Gillispie, Soil Science, ” Elucidating the roles of Manganese Oxides i Regulating the potential of Allogenic and Geogenic Aresenic Contamination of Groundwater,” October 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Room 2223 Williams Hall. Major Professor;  Dr. Matthew Polizzoto.

Scott Callahan, Economics, “Three Essays on the Political Economy of Agricultural Programs,” October 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m., 4302 Nelson Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Barry Goodwin.

Yanting Ma, Electrical Engineering, “Solving Large-Scale Inverse Problems via Approximate Message Passing and Optimization,” October 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m., EBII 2095.  Major Professor:  Dr. Dror Baron.

Jianxun Cui, Mechanical Engineering, “Self-folding of engineering materials actuated by heat shrinkable polymers,” October 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 3235 EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yong Zhu.

Mostafa Namian, Civil Engineering, “Factors Affecting Construction Hazard Recognition and Safety Risk Perception,” October 20, 2017, 12:30 p.m., Mann 206.  Major Professor:  Dr. Alex Albert.

Atlee Watson, Toxicology, “Aryl Hydrocarbon receptor-mediated inhibition of osteogenesis in Japanese madaka and human bone-derived mesenchymal stem cells,” October 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 2104 TOX Building. Major Professor: Dr. Seth Kullman.

Shams Al-Amin, Civil Engineering, “Simulation-Optimization Framework To Identify Demand Reduction Strategies for Shared Groundwater Resources,” October 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m., MANN 414.  Major Professor: Dr. Emily Z. Berglund.

Eric Kuo, Psychology, ” The Development and Validation of the Team Information Network Scale (TINS,) October 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Poe Hall 120. Major Professor: Dr. Lori Foster.

Debabrata Mahapatra, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, “Vitamin D Receptor and Xenobiotics: Insights into the Diversity and Complexity of Molecular Interactions and their outcomes.” October 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Room 101, Research Building, CVM. Major professor;  Dr. Seth W. Kullman.

Christopher Flowers, Adult & Community College Education, “Competency-Based Education: Faculty and Administrator Attitudes at North Carolina Community Colleges,” October 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett.

David Luo, Electrical Engineering, “Spectroscopy and Optical Metrology by Using Polarized Light,” October 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m., MRC 337.  Major Professor:  Dr. Michael Kudenov.

Scott M. Smith, Plant Biology, “Consensus Mapping and Association Mapping in Hexaploid Oat,” October 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m.., Room 2233 , Williams Hall.  Major professor:  Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh. 

 Williams Erica Ross, Adult & Community College Education, “An Examination of the Individual and Work Environment Factors Impacting Transfer of Training Among North Carolina Probation Officers,” October 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 112 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett.

Andrea Faulkner, Educational Administration & Supervision, “‘Keeping in the Middle’: The Lived, Everyday School Experiences of Students with Emotional Disturbance in a Day Treatment Program,” October 24, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lance Fusarelli.

Elizabeth Teagarden, Adult & Community College Education, “Executive Coaches Opions of Psychometric Test and Assessment Use in Coaching Engagements: A Q Methodological Inquiry,” October 24, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett.

Victoria Weber, Mathematics Education, “Defining the Relationship Between Learning Statistical Computing and a Student’s Ability to Think and Reason Statistically,” October 25, 2017, 8:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Hollylynne Lee.

Tyler Hudson, Aerospace Engineering, “Real-time cure monitoring of composites using a guided  wave-based system with high temperature piezoelectric transducers, fiber Bragg gratings, and Phase-shifted fiber Bragg gratings, “ October 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m., 3320-EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Michael Elwardany, Civil Engineering, “Phenomenological Modeling and Laboratory Simulation of Long-Term Aging of Asphalt Mixtures,” October 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Mann 206.  Major Professors:  Dr. Y. Richard Kim/Dr. Cassie Castorena.

Che-Yuan Chang, Mechanical Engineering, “Chirp Signal for Elastic Wave Propagation Dispersion Relationships and Nonlinear Ultrasonic Damage Imaging,” October 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m., EBIII 3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Amirhossein Mazrooei, Civil Engineering, “Towards Reducing Uncertainty from Multiple Sources in Streamflow Forecasting,” October 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Mann 206.  Major Professor:  Dr. Sankar Arumugam.

Amanda Myers, Mechanical Engineering, “Textile Considerations for Wearable Thermal Energy Harvesting: Knit Structures and Body Mapping,” October 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m., EBIII 3235.  Major Professors: Dr. Larry Silverberg/Dr. Jesse S. Jur.

Patrick Leser, Aerospace Engineering, “Probabilistic Prognostics and Health Management for Fatigue-critical Components using High-fidelity Models,” October 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 3115-EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Tianlei Sun, Mechanical Engineering, “Strategies to improve the stretchability or organic semiconductor,” October 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 3115 EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Brendan O’Connor.

Brice Coffer, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science, “Tornadogenesis in Simulated Supercells from VORTEX2 Environments,” October 27, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 1132 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Matthew Parker.

Prairie Rose Goodwin, Computer Science, “Error Recovery Microstrategies in a Touch Screen Environment,” October 30, 9:30 a.m., EBII – 3211.  Major Professor:  Dr. Robert St. Amant.

Samuel Wheeler, Science Education, “Using Choice to Uncover the Role of Gender Stereotypes in High School Physics Assignments: Examining Students’ Interests, Beliefs, Conceptual Understanding, and Motivations,” October 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Meg Blanchard.

Tianlei Sun, Mechanical Engineering, “Unconventional Thermoelectric Generator and Stretchable Organic Semiconductor,” October 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m., EBIII-3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Brendan T. O’Connor.

Patrick Hawbecker, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science, “Investigating the Impact of Environmental Stability on Downburst Dynamics Through Large Eddy Simulations,” October 31, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 5131 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Sukanta Basu/Dr. Matthew Parker.

Dingjie Suo, Mechanical Engineering, “High Intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) based thrombolysis using multiple frequencies,” October 31, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 3235-EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yun Jing.

Seth Theurerkauf, Marine Earth and Atmospheric Science, “A Geomorphological, Ecosystem Services, and Population Dynamics Approach to Oyster Restoration and Management,” October 31, 2017, 11:30 a.m., 1132 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. David Eggleston.

Rebecca Stanley, Science Education, “A Comparison of Science Programs in STEM and Non-STEM High Schools,” October 31, 2017, 12:30 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Gail Jones.

Ethan Woodard, Electrical Engineering, “Spectrally Resolved Longitudinal Spatial Coherence Interferometry,” October 31, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 463/MRC.  Major Professor:  Dr. Michael Kudenov.

Olga Zielinska, Psychology, “Examining the Attentional and Behavioral Factors Associated with Escalation in Web Health Searches,” October 31, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Poe Hall 120. Major Professor: Dr. Christopher Mayhorn.

Zengyang Wu, Mechanical Engineering, “Investigation of spray and combustion of piezo-electrically fuel injector for gasoline direct injection engines,” November 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 3115, EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Tiegang Fang.

Priscilla Morris, Forest Biomaterials, “Stakeholder Perceptions of Climate Change: Impacts on Forest Products Markets, Habitats and Economies in Vulnerable Coastal Communities,” November 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m. 2024 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra/Dr. Ilona Peszlen.

Charlynne Smith, Parks, Recreation,  Tourism Management, “Adoption and Implementation of Participatory GIS Technologies in Resource management Networks: A Study of the U.S. National Trails System,” November 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 2024 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Yu-Fai Leung/Dr. Erin Seekamp.

Dingjie Suo, Mechanical Engineering, “High Intensity Focused Ultrasound based thrombolysis using multiple frequency,” November 2, 2017, 10:00 a. m., Room 3235.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yun Jing.

Nazrul Islam, Civil Engineering, “Advanced Constitutive Modeling for Structural Integrity Analysis,” November 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Mann Hall 206. Major Professor:  Dr. Tasnim Hassan.

Michael Elwardany, Civil Engineering, “Modeling and laboratory simulation of long-term aging of Asphalt Mixtures,” November 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Mann Hall 206.  Major Professors:  Dr. Youngsoo Kim/Dr. Cassandra Castorena.

Binghui Li, Civil Engineering, “An Assessment of North Carolina’s Future Electricity System Under Uncertainty,” November 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Mann Hall 206.  Major Professor:  Dr. Joseph DeCarolis.

Behrooz Keshavarzi, Civil Engineering, “Investigation into thermal cracking of asphalt concrete by using viscoelostic continum charge theory,” November 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 206 Mann Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Y. Richard Kim.

Md Ashfanoor Kabir, Electrical Engineering, “High Performance Reluctance Motor Drive with Three Phase Standard Inverters,” November 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Energy Board Room, FREEDM System Center, Suite 100.  Major Professor:  Dr. Iqbal Husain.

Farhad Yousefi Rad, Civil Engineering, “Evaluation of the Effect of Oxidative Aging on Asphalt Mixtures Properties for Pavement Performance Prediction,” November 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Mann 206.  Major Professors:  Dr. Cassandra Castorena/Dr. Youngsoo Kim.

Jing Du, Forest Biomaterials, “Utilization of Softwood Kraft Lignin in Phenol Formaldehyde Adhesives and Phenolic Foams,” November 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 2203 Robertson Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Hasan Jameel / Dr. Hou-Min Chang. 

Abhishek Jain, Electrical Engineering, “Online Distributed Control Designs for Wide-Area Power System Networks,” November 27, 2017, 12:00 p.m., Energy Board Room, FREEDM Systems Center.  Major Professor:  Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty.

Wenzhao Zhang, Computer Science, “Enabling Runtime Adaptive Mesh Refinement Data Sharing Across Scientific Applications by Exploring Memory Hierarchy and Network Topology,” November 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m., 3300 EBII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Nagiza F. Samatova.

Md Tanvir Arafat Khan, Electrical Engineering, “Modeling and Optimization of Power Distribution System Driven by Solid-State Transformers: A Nonlinear Dynamical Approach,” November 30, 2017, 2:30 p.m., FREEDM Systems Center.  Major Professors:  Dr. Iqbal Husain/Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty.

Yi-Shin Yeh, Electrical Engineering, “Distributed Beamforming Phased Arrays for mm-Wave Radio,” December 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m., MRC 463.  Major Professor:  Dr. Brian Floyd.

Cuiyu Kong, Computer Engineering, “System design and modeling in the electric vehicle charging network,” December 12, 2017, 1:30 p.m., EBII-3110.  Major Professors:  Dr. Michael Devetsikiotis/Wenye Wang.

Yue Shi, Electrical Engineering, “Integrated Volt/Var Control on Smart Distribution Systems,” January 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m., Energy Board Room/FREEDM Systems Center.  Major Professor: Dr. Mesut Baran.

Maziar Mobarrez, Electrical Engineering, “DC Microgrids: Architectures, Control and Economic Analysis,” January 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m., FREEDM Systems Center – Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.