Doctoral Exam Schedule

Rui Hu, Applied Mathematics, “Error Analysis of the Immersed Interface Method For Elliptic Problems with an Interface,” April 28, 2017, 2:30 p.m., SAS Hall 3282. Major Professor: Dr. Zhilin Li.

Chiao-Wen Lin,  Biological and Agricultural Engineering, ” Characterization of the Solute Dynamics Signature of an Agricultural Coastal Plain Stream, North Carolina, USA,” May 1, 2017., 9:00 a.m., Room 101, D. S. Weaver Lab. Major Professor: Dr. Francois  Birgand.

Jessica Morgan, Psychology, “Positive Outcomes in Military Mental Health,” May 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Poe Hall 120. Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Desmarais.

Victoria E. Watson, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, ” Prevalence, Genotypic and Phenotypic Identity, and  Pathogenic Effects of Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli in Naturally-ocurring and Experimental models of the Infection in Kittens,”  May 1, 2017., 9;00 a.m., Room 101, Research Building, CVM.  Major Professor:  Dr. Jody Gookin.

Susan Camilleri, Public Administration, “Three Papers on the Affordable Care Act,” May 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Caldwell Hall M8. Major Professor: Dr.Jeffrey Diebold/Dr.David Garson.

Wen Lin, Forestry and Environmental Resources, “Do Loblolly Pine Trees Acclimate Similarly Across the Entire Southeastern US to Drought and Fertilization?” May 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m., 2024 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Askoo Noormets/Dr. Jean-Christophe Domec/Dr. John King.

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

Brittany Johnson, Computer Science, “A Tool (Mis)communication Theory and Adaptive Approach for Supporting Developer Tool Use,” May 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m., 3211-EBII.  Major Professors:  Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill/Dr. Sarah Heckman.


Amanda Ward Bostian, Animal Science and Poultry Science (Animal Science Concentration),  ” Chronic Exposure to Ergot Alkaloids Impacts Growth & Performance in Steers,” May 2, 9:00 a.m., Room 125 Polk Hall. Major Professor:  Dr. Daniel Poole.

Aisha Al-Qimlass, Counseling & Counselor Education, “Examining Kuwaiti Women’s Process of Circumscription and Compromise Through the Lens of Islamic Feminism: A Mixed Methods Study,” May 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Sylvia Nassar-McMillan.

Marcela Alfaro Cordoba, Statistics, “Variable Selection Methods with Applications to Atmospheric Sciences,” May 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m., SAS Hall 05202. Major Professor: Dr.Montserrat Fuentes/Dr.Joseph Guinness.

Carlos Cruz-Teran, Chemical Engineering, “Engineering the SSO7D Scaffold for biosensing applications,” May 3, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Partners II, Room 3100.  Major Professor:  Dr. Balaji Rao.

Tao Qian, Computer Science, “End-to-end Predictability for Distributed Real-Time Systems,” May 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 3265-EBII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Frank Mueller.

Daniel Spencer, Curriculum & Instruction, “Enhancing Socially-Shared Metacognition in Introductory Geology,” May 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m., 112 Poe HallMajor Professors: Dr. John Nietfeld/Dr. Margareta Thomson.

Michelle McGoorty, Chemistry, “Enhanced Photophysics from Self-Assembled Ir(III) Chromophores in Water and Applications to Solar Fuels Photochemistry,” May 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Partners III, Rm 302. Major Professor: Dr. Phil Castellano.

Kyle Dawson, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, “Contributions to the Understanding of Aerosol Microphysics Towards Improving the Assessment of Climate Radiative Forcing,” May 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Jordan Hall, Rm. 1132. Major Professor: Dr. Nicholas Meskhidze/Dr.Markus Petters.

David Ruppert, Biomedical Engineering, “A Study of Osseointegration of Additively Manufactured Implants in Rats through Vibration and Ultrasound,” May 4, 2014, 4:00 p.m., 401 Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Ola Harrysson.

Rui Gao, Electrical Engineering, “Control and Design of a PMSG Wind Energy Conversion System and Its Integration with Solid-State Transformer Enabled AC/DC Grid Systems,” May 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Energy Board Room/FREEDM Center.  Major Professor:  Dr. Iqbal Husain.

Tyson Wepprich, Zoology, “Indirect Effects of Climatic Variability on a Statewide Butterfly Community,” May 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m., David Clark Lab 205. Major Professor: Dr. Nicholas Haddad.

Aysha Bodenhamer, Sociology, “The Resurgence of Black Lung: A Critical Examination of Environmental Illness in Central Appalachia,” May 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. 1911 Building, Rm 129. Major Professor: Thomas Shriver.

Mohamed A. Desoky, Industrial Engineering, “An Empirical Exploration of the Operational Levers that Shape Firm Performance,” May 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Daniels Hall 401.  Major Professors:  Dr. Russell King/Dr. Donald Warsing.

Barbara Metelsky, Adult & Community College Education, “Towards a Critical Social Theory of the Paradoxical Role of Board Social Capital in the Generative Governance of Nonprofit Organizations,” May 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 112 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Tuere Bowles.

Victoria Ellison, Operations Research, “Using Linear Programming based Exploratory Techniques in Gene Expression Consensus Clustering,”  May 11, 9:00 a.m., Daniels 401.  Major Professor:  Dr. Yahya Fathi.

Melissa Strait, Mathematics, “Phase-Field Models of Two Fluid Flow in Capillary Tube and Hele-Shaw Cell,” May 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m., SAS Hall 4201. Major Professor: Dr.Michael Shearer.

Yang Wang, Economics, “Three Essays on Crop Insurance,” May 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 4302 Nelson Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Barry Goodwin.

Ondrej Pesout, Curriculum & Instruction, “The Impact of Social Interdependence on Metacomprehensinon Training in Fifth-Grade Classrooms,” May 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. John Nietfeld/Dr. Margareta Thomson.

Jiahong Yan, Electrical Engineering, “Design and Implementation of Home Energy Management, Closing the Gap between Wholesale Electricity Market and Residential End-users,” May 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m., FREEDM Center Energy Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Ning Lu.

Alison Buck, Sociology, “Gendered Negotiations of consent, Labor Process and Exit among Digital Game Developers,” May, 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 1911 Building. Major Professor: Dr. Michael Schwalbe.

Sandra Mort, Zoology, ” Evaluating Passive Sampling Device and Fish Tissue PCB Congener Profiles in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River of North Carolina and the Application of Analytical Systems Alternatives for Human Health Risk Assessment,” May 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Tox Building, Rm 2102. Major Professor: Dr.Damian Shea/ Dr.William Cope.

Laura Gonzales, Sociology, “Doing What’s Best for Baby: How New Mothers and Fathers Negotiate Breastfeeding Over Time,” May 24, 2017 2:00 p.m., 1911 Building Rm 129. Major Professor: Dr. Sinikka Elliott.

Paul Rudershausen, Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology, ” Nekton  Population and Community Response to Habitat and Urbanization Effects in North Carolina Tidal Creeks,” May 24, 2017, 2:30 p.m., Room 205, David Clark Lab. Major professors;  Dr. Jeffrey Buckel/Dr. Joseph Hightower .

Lawson Connor, Economics, “Post-Adoption Impacts of GMO Crops on Farmer Decisions,” May 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 4302 Nelson Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Roderick Rejesus/Dr. Zachary Brown.

Austin Ramsey, Economics, “Empirical Studies in Policy, Prices, and Risk,” May 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 3302 Nelson Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Barry Goodwin/Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Nisha Nataraj, Industrial Engineering, “Modeling For The Care Of Complex Patients,” June 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Daniels 401.  Major Professor:  Dr. Julie Ivy.

Sean Smith, Biomedical Engineering, “Chitosan/Interleukin-12 and Intravesical Delivery for Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy,” June 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 4142-EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. David Zaharoff.

David Solis Chavez, Forestry, “Impact Assessment of the Compliance of the Peruvian Forest Public Policy and the Ecomonic and Non-Economic Impact of REDD+ Projects in Peru,” June 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 3213 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Erin Sills.

Arun Kumar, Industrial Engineering, “Human mesenchymal Stem Cell Expansion using Tree Dimensional (3D) Printed Constructs in Perfusion Bioreactors,” June 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Daniels Hall.  Major Professor:  Dr. Binil Starly.

Gonzalo Bello Lander, Computer Science, “Multi-objective Mining Algorithms for Detecting, Tracking, and Predicting the Evolution of Communities in Complex Dynamic Networks,”  June, 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 3300-EBII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Nagiza F. Samatova.

Jessica Nash, Materials Science and Engineering, “In Silico Design and Characterization of DNA Nanomaterials,” June 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 3003-EBI.  Major Professors:  Dr. Yaroslava G. Yingling/Dr. Thomas H. LaBean.

Matthew Joseph Melillo, Chemical Engineering, “PDMS Network Structure-Property Relationships: Influence of Molecular Architecture on Mechanical, Swelling, and Wetting Properties,” June 9, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 2018 EBI.  Major Professor:  Dr. Jan Genzer.

Amr Helal, Civil Engineering, “Risk Analysis of Embankment Structures using Performance-based Probabillistic Analysis and Artificial Neural Network Approach.  June 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Mann 206.  Major Professors:  Dr. Mohammed Gabr/Dr. Roy Borden.

Armita Mohammadian, Civil Engineering, “Characterization of Metallic Corrosion through Electrochemical modeling and electrical impedance imaging,” June 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m., CFL.  Major Professors: Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz/Dr. Rudolf Seracino.

Namita Lokare, Electrical Engineering, “A Framework for Activity Recognition and Prediction of Physiological Response : Applications to Health Monitoring using wearable sensors,” June 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m., EBIII – 2220.  Major Professor:  Dr. Edgar Lobaton.

Sarah Hambridge, Electrical Engineering, “Frequency Based Real-Time Pricing for Residential Prosumers,” July 10, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Energy Board Room, FREEDM Systems Center.  Major Professors:  Dr. Alex Q. Huang/Dr. Ning Lu.

Reema Alnizami, Mathematics Education, “Math Talk and Representations in Elementary Classrooms: A MLM Exploratory Correlational Analysis,” July 24, 2017, 12:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Temple Walkowiak.

Binbin Yang, Electrical Engineering, “A Modal Approach to Compact MIMO Antenna Design,”  June 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MRC-463.  Major Professor:  Dr. Jacob J. Adams.

Fei Xue, Electrical Engineering, “Research on Distributed Energy Storage Device,” July 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Keystone Science Center, Energy Board Room.  Major Professor:  Dr. Alex Q. Huang.

Yang Xu, Electrical Engineering, “Development of Advanced SiC Power Modules,” August 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Keystone Science Center, Suite 100.  Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Hopkins.

Nicole Tate, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “A Study of Federal Education Reform Through the K-12 Race to the Top Competition in North Carolina,” September 25, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lance Fusarelli.