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Doctoral Exam Schedule

Dolar Khachariya, Electrical Engineering, ” A Path Towards GaN-based Vertical Superjunction Devices,” October 13, 2021. Major Professor: Dr. Spyridon Pavlidis.

Xun Lu, Economics, “Essays in Agricultural Economics: Spatial Market Integration, Bayesian Spatial Yield Risk Modeling, and Environmental Externalities of Crop Insurance,” October 13, 2021, 1:30 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Barry Goodwin and Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Mandy Brandbury, Psychology, “How Does Virtual Reality Compare? The Effects of Avatar Appearance and Digital Communication Medium on Self-Disclosure,” October 14, 2021, 2:00 p.m, Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Eric Wiebe.

Zachary Hopkins, Civil Engineering, “Adsorption of per-and -polyfluoroalkyl substances by granular activated carbon,” October 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Detlef Knappe.

Karthik Reddy Lyathakula, Mechanical Engineering, “Probabilistic Fatigue Life Prediction and Damage Prognostics of Adhesively Bonded Joints via ANNs-based Hybrid Model,” October 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Saeed Ahmadi Oloonabadi, Design, “ARPP: A Novel Mobile Augmented Reality Participatory Platform to Engage Under-Resource Communities in Improving Neighborhood Walk-ability,” October 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Perver Baran.

Srivatsan Madhavan, Mechanical Engineering, “Jet Impingement Heat Transfer in Various Cooling Configurations under Stationary and Rotating Conditions,” October 14, 2021, 3:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Srinath Ekkad.

Manuel Camacho, Crop Science,” Application of Soil Physics to Understand and Solve Problems on Weed Science,” October 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Ramon Leon Gonzalez/Dr. Travis Gannon.

Zhenzhen Zhang, Forestry and Environmental Resources, “Green Infrastructure in Schools: Building a Network for Equal Access to Nature for Enhancing Students and Communities’ Well-being,” October 15, 2021, 12:15 p.m. In Person, Room / Blg – TBD. Major Professors: Dr. Katherine Martin, Dr. Yuan Yao, and Dr. Kathryn Stevenson.

Carrie Leigh Mitran, Education Leadership Policy Human Development, “A Paradigm Shift: Examining the Experiences, Perceptions, and Recommendations of Licensed Counselors and Mental Health Providers Working with Neurodiverse Adults,” October 15, 2021, 9:45 a.m. Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Stanley Baker.

Dolar Khachariya, Electrical Engineering, “A Path Towards GaN-based Vertical Superjunction Devices,” October 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Spyridon Pavlidis.

Lei Lei, Material Science & Engineering, “Organic-inorganic hybrid perovksites for light emission applications, October 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m., 3018 EBI. Major Professor: Dr. Franky So.

Moses John Christy Appolo Paul Irudayaraj, Mechanical Engineering, “E-Field Interactions with Weakly and Strongly Ionized Flames,” October 19, 2021, 1:30 p.m. Major Professors: Dr. Alexei Saveliev/Dr. Clinton Bedick.

Yixuan Wang, Environmental Engineering, “Improving the Life Cycle Assessment for Solid Waste Management Decision Making,” October 21, 2021, 8:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. James Levis.

Erika Pambianchi, Animal Science and Nutrition, “Topical Intervention to Prevent Pollution Induced Extrinsic Aging and Aberrant OxInflammatory Responses in Orthodox and Innovative Skin Models,” October 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. Polk Hall, Room 125. Major Professors: Dr. Giuseppe Valacchi/Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

Kira Sims, Horticulture Science, ,”Effect of Directed Applications of 2, 4D Choline on Strawberry, Blueberry, and Muscadine Grape Tolerance, Yield and Fruit Quality and Weed Management Surveys in Strawberry, Blueberry and Grape,” October 22, 2021, 8:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Katherine Jennings.

Nikhil Rastogi, Environmental Engineering, “Methods and Applications to Quantify Real-World Locomotive Fuel Use and Emission Rates, October 22, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. H. Christopher Frey.

Helia Taheri Pouresfahani, Design, “The Effects of Operable Windows on Human-Building Interactions, Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality in K-12 Schools Prior and During Dovid-19 (Case Study), October 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Leazar Hall 102. Major Professor: Dr. Traci Rider.

Jiahao Chen, Nuclear Engineering, “A Novel Fission Diffusion Synthetic Acceleration Method for Criticality Calculations,” October 25, 2021, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Kostadin Ivanov/Dr. Jason Hou.

Blake Martin, Sociology, ” Perceptions of Body Image and Bodily Stigma Among Pre-Adolescent Children: A Photovoice Study,” October 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m., 1911 Building, Room 129. Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Bowen.

Jordan Frick, Physics, “Non-linear Charge Transport in the Mott Insulator a RuCl3 and related Materials,” October 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Dougherty.

Collin Mccolskey-Leary, Education Research & Policy Analysis, “Making an Impact? Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community-Based Model of Student Support,” October 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Anna Jacob and Dr. Stephen Porter.

Cocoa Dixon, Education Leadership Policy Human Development, “Impact of Community College Baccalaureate Programs on State-Level STEM Baccalaureate Degree Production,” October 27, 2021, 10:-00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Paul Umbach.

Conner Hartis, Education Leadership Policy Human Development, “Threat Assessment in Higher Education: The Role of University Law Enforcement,” October 27, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Bartlett.

Samiha Marwan, Computer Science, “Investigating Best Practices in the Design of Automated Feedback to Improve Students’ Cognitive and Affective Outcomes,” October 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Thomas W. Price.

Omkar Ganesh Kaskar, Mechanical Engineering, “Numerical modeling to understand the pathophysiology of glaucoma and investigating data-driven approaches for its effective management,” October 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Landon Grace.

Jeric Knox, Psychology, “Lessons Learned from Implementing Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Pedagogical School Program,” October 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Scott Stage/Dr. Elan Hope.

Talita Malewischik, Chemistry, “New Directions for the Multifunctional Catalytic Globin Dehaloperoxidase: Moving Beyond the Limits of the Structure-Function Paradigm of Heme Proteins,” October 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote or Dabney 210. Major Professor: Reza Ghiladi.

Abdulgani Annaberdiyev, Physics, “Achieving Reliable Quantum Monte Carlo Predictions for Correlated Materials,” October 29, 2021, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Lubos Mitas.

Yanan Wang, Fiber and Polymer Science,” Elastomeric Multifunctional Nonwoven,” October 29, 2021, 1:00 pm. Major Professors: Dr. Wei Gao/Dr. Eunkyoung Shim.


Steve Turner, Adult & Community College Education, “A Collective Case Study of the Experience of High-Impact Practice Participation Upon Hispanic Student Transfer Success,” October 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Audrey Jaeger.

Dhrubo Rahman, Electrical Engineering, “WBG-based EV Traction Drive using Variable DC-link and Soft-Switching Technique,” November 1, 2021, 3:00 p.m., FREEDM. Major Professor: Dr. Iqbal Husain.

Ha Nguyen, Teacher Education and Learning Science, “Intercultural Competence and the Teaching of Intercultural Competence in English Language Education of Nonnative English Language Teachers in Developing Countries from an Intercultural Competence MOOC.” November 1, 2021, 3:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Jill Grifenhagen.

Masa Kinsey-Shipp, Educational Administration & Supervision, “Perceptions of High School Students of the Alignment between Student Support Services Needed and Student Services Provided: A Mixed-Methods Case Study,” November 1, 2021, 12:30 p.m. Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Lisa Bass and Dr. Michael Ward.

Lili Wu, Statistics, “Casual Inference with Spatial Information or both Experimental and Observational Study,” November 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Shu Yang.

Qiang Zhang, Biomedical Engineering, “Ultrasound Imaging Based Sensing to Measure Human Ankle Joint Effort and Assist-As-Needed Control Strategy for a Cable -Driven Ankle Neuroprosthetics,” November 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Nitin Sharma

Hanchi Zhu, Fiber and Polymer Science,” A Neutral Network Model to Predict the Color of Dry Cotton Fabric from a Wet State,” November 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Warren jasper.

Levi Moore, Horticultural Science,” Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthuspalmeri) Completion, Early Seedbank Management, and Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical Control,” November 3, 2021, 1:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Katherine Jennings.

Zarifa Zakaria, Teacher Education and Learning Science, “Collaborative Programming Practices in Elementary Classrooms: Exploring the Roles of Gender, Motivation, and Collaborative Discourse,” November 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Margareta Thomson.

Marat Sadana, Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media, “Representation of the Roma Minority in the Italian TV News,” November 4, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo.

Sahand Azarby, Design, “Using an Immersive Virtual Reality Interactive Environment (IVRIE) to Improve the Understanding of Spatial Factors in Design: Comparing User Spatial perceptions between IVRIE and Traditional Digital Design Environments,” November 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Arthur Rice.

Noufe Aloudah, Mathematics, “Hochschild-Serre Spectral Sequence for Lie Conformal Algebras,” November 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Bojko Bakalov.

Mak Pryor, Psychology, “Examining the Use of Video Instructions to Support Performance on Procedural Tasks,” November 4, 2021, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Anne McLaughlin.

Sijia Liu, Chemistry, “Self-Assembly of Single-Polymer Single-Chromophore Nanoparticles in Physiological Milieu,” November 4, 2021, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Sarah Soleim, Public History, “To Make History the Living Force: The Professionalization of Public History, 1800-2000,” November 4, 2021, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Craig Friend.

Long Hoang Vo, Civil Engineering, “Natural Frequency and Soil Damping Analyses form Monopile Foundation Supporting Shared Anchoring of Offshore Wind Turbines and Wave Energy Systems,” November 4, 2021, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Mohammed Gabr.

Annabel Meade, Biomathematics, “Parameter Distribution Estimation and Mathematical Modeling in biological Applications,” November 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Hien Tran.

Mazharul Chowdhury, Electrical Engineering, “Rare-earth Free Machine for High Performance Applications,” November 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Iqbal Husain.

Younghwan Lee, Material Science & Engineering, “Interface Engineering of Ferroelectric HfO.5ZrO. 5O2 Metal-Ferroelectric-Metal Capacitor,” November 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m., EBI-3018. Major Professor: Dr. Jacob Jones.

Zhengxing Peng, Physics, “Understanding the Molecular Structure Property Relations from Phase Diagrams of the Binary Conjugated Polymer: SMA Systems,” November 12, 2021, 2:00p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Harald Ade.

Min Zhang, Statistics, “Structured Smooth Optimization in Statistical Learning,” November 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Eric Chi.

Heather Ryan, Education Leadership Policy Human Development, “Student-Athlete Mental Health: A Case Study of Mental Health programs in Power 5 Conference Athletics Departments,” November 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Joy Gayles.

Haoyu Jing, Chemistry, “Synthetic Bacteriochlorins with Tunable Absorption in the Near Infrared Spectral Region,” November 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Sharbari Dey, Education Leadership Policy Human Development, “A Critical Narrative Case Study of Asian American Faculty Racialization Experiences and the Bamboo Ceiling at a Research-intensive Predominantly White Institution in the American South,” November 17, 2021, 1:30 p.m. Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach.

Indunil Angunawela, Physics, “Structure-Function relation and Importance of Texture of think Films in Organic Electronics,” November 22, 2021, 2:30 p.m., Partners II 1514. Major Professor: Dr. Harald Ade.

Iris Bennett, Statistics, “Fitting Sparsity in Markov Chains,” December 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. William Rand/Dr. Donald Martin.

Jennie Ofstein, Education Research & Policy Analysis, “Student Affairs Educators and the Climate for Religious Pluralism at a Public University,” December 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach.

Remi Fayad, Chemistry, “Investigating Copper Excited States for Photoredox Catalysis and Photochemical Upconversion,” February 4, 2022, 1:30p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Felix Castellano.

Hala Atallah, Chemistry, “Elucidating the Photophysical Properties of Metal-Organic Complexes,” February 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Felix Castellano.