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Doctoral Exam Schedule

Bolun Li, Computer Science, “Identifying Performance Inefficiencies via Object-centric Profiling for Java Programs Running on JVM and Android Runtime,” September 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Xu Liu.

Thomas Gemmer, Aerospace Engineering, “Astrodynamics of Spacecraft Under the Influence of the Solar Wind, and Design of Spacecraft Constellations for Solar Storm Early Warning Systems,” September 27, 2022, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Andre Mazzoleni.

Christiana Miller, Biology, “Environmental and neuroendocrine interactional effects on female rat anxiety-related and locomotor behavior,” September 27, 2022, 1:00 p.m., DCL 123. Major Professor: Dr. John Meitzen.

Pengning Xu, Physics, “Dynamic Slippage of Trinucleotide Repeat DNA using single-molecule FRET,” September 28, 2022, 10:00 a.m., Riddick 415. Major Professor: Dr. Keith Weninger.

Hancheng Qin, Physics, “Theoretical simulations of nanostructured materials,” September 29, 2022, 10:00 a.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Jerzy Bernholc.

Valliappan Muthukaruppan, Electrical Engineering, “Intelligent and Resilient Management of Smart Distribution Networks with High DER Penetration,” September 30, 2022, 9:30 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Mesut Baran.

Owen Rettemaier, Materials Science & Engineering, “Development of Machine Learning Inter-atomic Potentials for Shape Memory Ceramics,” September 30, 2022, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Srikanth Patala/Dr. Douglas Irving.

Lin Xiao, Statistics, “Selected topics for multiview data,” October 3, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Luo Xiao.

Mehrzad Mehrabipour, Civil Engineering, “Traffic Congestion Management in Transportation Networks through Dynamic Traffic Assignment and Auction,” October 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Ali Hajbabaie.

Barbara Oliverira dos Santos, Nuclear Engineering, “Optimization and Acceleration of the Nodal Expansion Method (NEM) and its Multi-physics Coupling with the Subchannel Thermal-Hydraulic/Fuel Modeling Code CTF/CTFFuel,” October 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Duke Energy. Major Professors: Dr. Maria Avramova/Dr. Agustin Abarca.

Yinding Chi, Mechanical Engineering, “Harnessing Bistability and Multistability for High-Performance Soft Robots,” October 5, 2022, 10:00 a.m., EBIII-3115. Major Professor: Dr. Jie Yin.

Azmayeen Rafat Shahriar, Civil Engineering, “Framework for a Reliability-Base Approach for Analyses of Bridge Pier and Embankment Scour,” October 5, 2022, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Mohammed A. Gabr/Dr. Brina M. Montoya.

Tunyaboon Laemthong, Chemical Engineering, “Engineering the Cell Surface of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii to Enhance Ability to Deconstruct Lignocellulosic Plant Biomass,” October 6, 2022, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Robert Kelly.

Jisoo Choi, Electrical Engineering, “Investigation of Environmental Signature Embedded in Multimedia,” October 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Chau-Wao Wong.

Obinna Chibuzor Okoye, Mechanical Engineering, “Gas Turbine Vane Film Cooling in a Subsonic Cascade,” October 7, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Srinath Ekkad.

Yvotte Brits, Nuclear Engineering, “Development of a Full Authority Digital Electronics Control (FADEC) Systems for an Advanced Reactor,” October 12, 2022, 8:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Jia Hou.

Sabin Kasparoglu, Atmospheric Science, “Experimental determination and prediction of the physicochemical properties of secondary organic aerosols,” October 12, 2022, 10:00 a.m., 1132 JH. Major Professor: Dr. Markus Petters.

James Crosby, Chemical Engineering, “Biochemical, Regulatory, and Metabolic Assessment of Hemicellulose Conversion by th Extreme Thermophile Caldicellulosiruptor bescii,” October 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Robert M. Kelly.

Deniz Durmusoglu, Chemical Engineering, “Establishing Probiotic Yeast Saccharomyces boulardii as an In-Gut Biomanufacturing Platform,” October 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Nathan Crook.

Samrin Ahmed Kusum, Civil Engineering, “Enhancing the Collection System Conveyance by Reducing the Formation and Surface Adhesion of Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) Deposit,” October 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m., FWH. Major Professors: Dr. Joel Ducoste/Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz.

Zifan Nan, Computer Science, “Code Synthesis Based on Natural Language Understanding,” October 14, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Xipeng Shen.

Yiming Guo, Marine Science, “On the Ocean Divergent Eddy Heat Flux and its Variability in the Western Boundary Currents,” October 17, 2022, 1:30 p.m., 1132 Jordan. Major Professor: Dr. Stuart Bishop.

Eva McKinsey, Applied Social & Community Psychology, “Exploring Race, Mindsets, and Public Opinion,” October 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Burnette.

Turner Richmond, Electrical Engineering, “Leveraging Shape in Classification Problems,” October 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m., EBII-3110. Major Professor: Dr. Edgar Lobaton.

Mark Simmers, Toxicology, “Dysregulation of gene expression in cadmium-induced placental insufficiency,” October 18, 2022, 12:15 p.m., Tox 2104. Major Professor: Dr. Michael Cowley.

Jing Ao, Computer Science, “Temporal Knowledge Graphs: Intergration, Querying, and Analytics,” October 19, 2022, 3:00 p.m., EBII-2216/Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Rada Chirkova.

Montana Knight, Bioinformatics, “Optimizing Public RNA-Sequencing Data to Study Plant Response to Abiotic Stress,” October 20, 2022, 9:00 a.m., Thomas Hall 3503. Major Professors: Dr. Colleen Doherty and Dr. Dahlia Nielsen.

Kayelyn Simmons, Marine Science, “Evaluating the efficacy of management zones in the FKNMS: Integrating visual and photogrammetric surveys, and passive acoustics to characterize reef fish assemblages and habitat associations across coral reef management regimes,” October 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Dave Eggleston.

Lance Bullerwell, Nuclear Engineering, “Implementing a Numerically Improved Three-Dimensional Solver in the Residual Formulation of CTF,” October 21, 2022, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Jia Hou.

Shaun O’Donnell, Chemistry, “Discovery of Synthetic Pathways to Metastable Oxides and Investigation of Their Photocatalytic Properties,” October 28, 2022, 12:00 p.m., Cox 400. Major Professor: Dr. Paul Maggard.

Priyanka Sinha, Electrical Engineering, “RF-based Detection, Localization and Tracking of UAV’s,” October 28, 2022, 12:30 p.m., EBII. Major Professor: Dr. Ismail Guvenc.

Sihan Wang, Materials Science & Engineering, “Automated Data Analysis for Electron Microcopy on Nanostructure Dynamics,” October 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Wenpei Gao/Dr. Yaroslava Yingling.

Gyounghoon Chun, Civil Engineering, “Enhaced Analytical Delay and Queue Model for Closely Spaced Signalized Intersection,” October 31, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Zoom. Major Professors: Dr. Billy Williams/Dr. Nagui Rouphail.

Ajit R. Kanale, Electrical Engineering, “Basic: Solution to enhance Short-circuit Ruggedness of Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices,” October 31, 2022, 1:00 p.m., FREEDM Board Room. Major Professors: Dr. B. Jayant Baliga/Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Rui Zou, Computer Engineering, “Modeling, Prediction, and Mulit-RAT Cognizant Access of High Resolution Spectrum Tenancy Assisted by Decoding Based Measurement,” November 1, 2022, 2:30 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Wenye Wang.

Urmi Devi, Civil Engineering, “Thermal Regulation and Multifunctionaity in Bioinspired Microvascular Materials,” November 11, 2022, 12:00 p.m., 3301-FWH. Major Professor: Dr. Jason F. Patrick.

Pratik Santosh Bhansali, Mechanical Engineering, “Heat Transfer in Rotating Systems,” November 17, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EBIII. Major Professor: Dr. Srinath Ekkad.

Md Rifat Kaisar Rachi, Electrical Engineering, “Fault Management and Protection Coordination in Microgrid with Inverter Based Resources,” November 30, 2022, 11:00 a.m., FREED Systems Center. Major Professor: Dr. Iqbal Husain.

Yos Prabowo, Electrical Engineering, “Power Electronic Converter Enabled Architecture for Critical Load Distribution Substations,” December 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m., FREEDM Systems Center. Major Professor: Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Roshan Roshankhah, Mechanical Engineering, “Ultrasound Multiple Scattering as a Source of Contrast to Investigate the Lung and Localize Pulmonary Nodules,” December 13, 2022, 10:00 a.m., EBIII-3115. Major Professor: Dr. Marie Muller.

Grace Wonaphotimuke, Design, “The influence of mobile AR learning environment on college students’ learning outcomes and learning experience,” January 6, 2023, 10:00 a.m., Allred Gallery. Major Professor: Dr. Deborah Littlejohn.