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Doctoral Exam Schedule

Zachary Morrow, Applied Mathematics, “Sparse-Grid Surrogate Models in Computational Chemistry,” July 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Carl T. Kelley.

Gaoyan Mu, Chemistry, “Novel Degradable Polyester Networks for Resisting Protein Adsorption,” July 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Christopher Gorman.

Brent Jackson, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, “The Impacts of Outdoor and Nature-Related Experiences on Adolescent Science, Conservation, and Well-being Outcomes,” July 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m. Major Professor: Kathryn Stevenson.

Emily Reed, Biology, “Influence of Urbanization on the Population and Landscape Genetics of an Invasive Mosquito,” July 15, 2021, 2:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Martha Reiskind.

Daniel Midkiff, Chemical Engineering, “A Novel Microfluidic Platform for Screening Aging Methods in C. Elegans,” July 16, 2021, Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Adriana San Miguel Delgadillo.

Taslim U. Rashid, Fiber and Polymer Science, “Investigation of the Electrospinnability of Polymer Solutions Using Tubeless Siphoning and Other Solution Properties,” July 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Major Professors: Dr. Russel Gorga/Dr. Wendy Krause.

Lu Lu, Statistics, “Multivariate Dependence using Nonparametric Copula Models,” July 22, 2021, 10:30 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Can Cui, Statistics, “Advanced Methods in Bayesian Variable Selection and Casual Inference,” July 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Brian Reich.

Marco Hamins-Puertolas, Biomathematics, “Modeling and Quantifying Selection Pressures Across Multiple Evolutionary Scales,” July 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: David Rasmussen.

Ji Liu, Computer Engineering, “Leveraging partial state information for quantum assertion and complieroptimization,” July 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Huiyang Zhou.

Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Civil Engineering, “Modeling and Retrolift of an In-service Deteriorated Prestessed Concrete Bridge in Flexure and Shear using Prestressed Mechanically-Fastened Fiber-Reinforced Polymer,” July 27, 2021, Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Rudolg Seracino.

Md. Mobarak Hossain Polash, Material Science & Engineering, “Engineering of novel thermoelectric materials based on the spin and quantum effects,” July 27, 2021, 10:30 a. m., 454 MRC. Major Professors: Dr. Daryoosh Vashaee/Dr. Daniel Stancil.

Amrita Lall, Mechanical Engineering, “Tensile, Creep and Creep-Fatigue of Alloy 709: Austenitic Stainless Steel,” July 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m.  Major Professor:  Afsaneh Rabiei.

Xu Han, Statistics, “Majorization-Minimization Techniques and Applications in Optimization and Statistical Learning,” July 27, 2021, 3:30 p.m. Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Eric Chi.

Rebecca Berry, Adult & Community College Education, “Female Community College Presidents and Effective Utilization of Senior Leadership Teams,” June 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Audrey Jaeger.

Bowen Liu, Statistics, “Bayesian Structured Variable Selection Methods with Overlaps,” July 28, 2021, 10:30 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Tongjie Chen, Understanding Structure-Property Relation of Complex Oxide Interfaces Using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction,” July 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Divine Kumah.

Jonathan Giacomini, Biology, “Plant-Pollinator Interactions: The Ecology Effects of Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Pollen on Bees and their Pathogens,” July 28, 2021 2:30 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Rebecca Irwin.

Ashish Kumar, Electrical Engineering, “Design Considerations and Performance Validation of Medium Voltage Converters Enabled by Series Connected 10kV SIC MOSFETs,” July 29, 2021. Major Professors: Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya/Dr. B. Baliga.

Qianwen Liu, Civil Engineering, “Experiments of Microbial Induced Carbonate Precipitation on Fine Mineral tailings,” July 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Brina Montoya.

Patrick Maxwell, Crop Science,” Quantify the Effect of Oft-Target Herbierd Exposure to Flu-Cured Tobacco,” July 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m. Major Professors: Dr. Travis Gannon/Dr. Matthew Vann.

Salil Koner, Statistics, “Statistical Inference for High-Dimentional Correlated Data,” July 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Jonathan Williams/Dr. Ana-Maria Staicu.

Subhangi Roy, Chemistry, “Design, Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Dinucelar Pt(II) Complexes with Varying Bridging and Cyclometalating Ligands.” August 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Felix Castellano.

Qi Ma, Statistics, “Density Estimation with Data Irregularity in Astronomy,” August 3, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Emily Fawcett, Biomedical Engineering, “Effect of brachial plexus birth injury on glenohumeral bone and muscle,” August 4, 2021. Major Professor: Dr. Jacqueline Cole-Husseini.

Jeffrey Bennett, Chemical Engineering, “Microfluidic Production of Polymer-based Heterogencious Cross-coupling Catalysis for Continuous Chemical Synthesis,” August 5, 2021. Major Professor: Dr. Milad Abolhasani.

Kyle J. Tomek, Chemical Engineering, “Addressing Practical Barriers to Extreme-Scale DNA-based Data Storage Systems,” August 5, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Albert Keung.

Claudia Alberico, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, “Youth Spatio-Temporal Feature Use and Physical Activity Within Low-income, Diverse Neighborhood Parks,” August 5, 2021, 10:00 a.m, Remote. Major Professor: Dr. James Hipp.

Eddie Lauer, Forestry and Environmental, “Integration of Genomics and Classical Quantitative Genetics in the Improvement of Growth Traits and Disease Resistance in Pinus Taeda L.,” August 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Fikret Isik and Dr. James Holland.

Rey-Yie Fong, Mechanical Engineering, “Multi-sensor Data Fusion – A Hybrid Laser and Vision-Based NDI System (HLV-NDI),” August 9, 2021. Major Professor: Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

Kameel Antami, Chemical Engineering, “Microfluidic Studies of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Quantum Dots,” August 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Milad Abolhasani.

Rachel Atkins, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science, “Characterizing Tectonic and Hydrologic Processes Shaping Earth and Mars,” August 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Karl Wegmann.

Rey Yie Fong, Mechanical Engineering, “A Multi-damage Blind Detection Technique for Large Complex Structures under Ultrasonic Excitation via Laser Speckle Interferometry,” August 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m.  Major Professor:  Fuh-Gwo Yuan.

William Keating, Curriculum & Instruction, “Delivering Content During an Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom: An Action Research Approach,” August 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. John Lee.

Karmen Cooper, Adult & Community College Education, “How North Carolina Community College Faculty Transitioned from Traditional Course Delivery to Online Course Delivery using Emergency Remote Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Case Study,” August 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Bartlett.

Jacqueline Perry-Higgs, Educational Administration & Supervision, “Understanding How Economically-Disadvantage, Low-Achieving, Rural Districts Promote Early Career Teachers’ Sense of Community,” August 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professors: Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Lisa Bass.

Natasha Iris Morales Castellanos, Chemical Engineering, “Formulation and characterization of novel soft magnetic beads, magneto-capillary gels, and responsive soft structures,” August 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m., EBI-Room 2018. Major Professor: Dr. Orlin D. Velev.

Mohammad Ghassemi, Biomedical Engineering, “Design and Control of an Assistive Myoelectric Hand Exoskeleton,” August 11, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Derek Kamper.

Suyong Han, Chemical Engineering, “Accelerating Gas-Liquid Reactions in Flow,” August 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Milad Abolhasani.

Ye Mao, Computer Science, “Temporal Skill Discovery For Modeling Student Learning Progression Across STEM Domains,” August 12, 2021, 9:30 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Min Chi.

Nicholas Myers, Applied Mathematics, “Applications of Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Healthcare,” August 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Hien Tran.

Ruth Akintunde, Computer Science, “Learning Analytics for Data-Informed Interventions in Blended Classrooms,” August 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Tiffany Barnes.

Rebecca North, Statistics, “Topics of Functional Variable Selection with Application to EMG Data Analytics,” August 12, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Stallrich.

Fallon Brewington, Adult & Community College Education, “Examination of Virtual Reality on Online Workforce,August 13, 2021, 9:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Bartlett.
Alonzo Alexander, Science Education, “Exploring Student Attitudes and Outcomes Toward STEM Careers After Repeated Participation in STEM Outreach,” August 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m., FIW 215A. Major Professor: Dr. Eric Wiebe.

Daniel Yonemoto, Chemistry, “Bespoke Excited State Dynamics via Quantum Dot/Molecule Composite Materials,” September 3, 2021,10:00 a.m. Major Professor: Dr. Felix Castellano.

Kaylee Wells, Chemistry, “Excited State Dynamics of Metal-Organic Bichromophores,” September 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Felix Castellano.

Dennis E. Szymanski, Materials Science & Engineering, “Development of III-Nitride Superjunctions,” September 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m., RBI – 303. Major Professors: Dr. Zlatko Sitar/Dr. Ramon Collazo.

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.” September 30, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Jill Grifenhagen.

Lili Wang, Teacher Education and Learning Science, “How English as a Foreign Language Teachers Use Technology in Chinese High School Classrooms: A Mixed-Methods Study,” October 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Hiller Spires.

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.

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.