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Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Summer 2017 Recipient Colin Phifer

Colin Pfifer
Forest Science

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What does interdisciplinary mean? For Colin Phifer, a PhD student at Michigan Technological University, it has meant working with the wildlife ecologists he is used to as well as learning the methods and terminology of social scientists, hydrologists, soil scientists and engineers all working on the same questions but from different angles. For the past 4 years, Colin has been one of the over 130 members of an international, interdisciplinary team studying the socio-ecological effects of bioenergy development in four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and United States). Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships in International Research and Education program (PIRE), Colin’s research focuses on how land-use change associated with bioenergy development influences native bees, birds and ecosystem services while other PIRE team members examine water, soil, and social and policy impacts. After surveying for both native bees and birds in three of the countries, he is now applying ecosystem service modeling to understand trade-offs with multiple ecosystem services and land-use change.

Colin completed his MSc at the University of Hawaii in conservation biology and his BS from Humboldt State University in California. From bats to birds, plants to pollinators, gibbons to whales, Colin has worked in the US and abroad to conserve biodiversity and provide for human well-being. He wants his work to lead to actionable, impactful science and informed decision-making.

The Finishing Fellowship granted by The Graduate School in spring of 2017 has supported Colin in completing his part of the larger project. When not working, he enjoys cooking, reading a good (science fiction) book, and playing hockey with his son.


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Summer 2017 Recipient Bryan Freyberg

Bryan Freyberg
Mathematical Sciences
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Bryan Freyberg and his wife left tenured teaching jobs in Northern Minnesota four years ago so that Bryan could continue his mathematics education at the highest level at Michigan Tech. His research is in the area of graph theory, the study of graphs used to model the relationships between objects. An example would be designing sporting tournaments in which the strengths and schedules of the teams have certain properties. You can use this information to construct handicap tournaments designed to help the underdog teams to make the odds more fair. As a Minnesotan, he feels obligated to specialize in these kind of tournaments.

Bryan and his wife are adventure seekers and have converted a local rural hunting camp to an off-grid “yurtstead.” They gather water from the creek, harness electricity from the sun, and heat the yurt with wood from their property. The Finishing Fellowship granted by the Graduate School will help Bryan not only to finish his dissertation this summer, but ensure that it meets the high standard he sets for himself. In addition, it will help the family with undertaking the next adventure: the addition if a new family member this summer!


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Summer 2017 Recipient Mohammad Reza Amini

Mohammad Reza Amini
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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Mohammad Reza’s main Ph.D. research objective is to develop novel model-based control theories for nonlinear dynamic systems to improve the performance of the traditional controller design techniques against different sources of uncertainties. He is designing and applying these new controllers to different automotive applications in real-time, to improve the vehicle fuel economy and drivability, and minimize the engine-out emissions.


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Summer 2017 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Summer 2017 Recipients

Biological Sciences
Haiping Liu
Yiping Mao

Chemical Engineering
Rachel Martin

Computational Science and Engineering
Zilong Hu

Forest Science
Chathura Gunasekara
Colin Phifer

Mathematical Sciences
Bryan Freyberg

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Mohammad Reza Amini
Shuo Wang
Wentao Yao
Le Zhao

Physics
Mohammad Hosain Teimourpour


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Fall 2016 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Fall 2016 Recipients

Electrical Engineering
Arash Hosseinzadeh
Seyedmehdi Sadatgoltabarestani

Engineering Physics
Bishnu Tiwari

Geological Engineering
Jordan Mertes

Geophysics
Federica Lanza

Materials Science and Engineering
Cameron McNamara
Shan Zhao

Physics
Hugo Alberto Ayala Solares
Gaoxue Wang

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
Lindsay Hingst


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Spring 2017 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Spring 2017 Recipients

Biological Sciences
Cameron Goble

Biomedical Engineering
Yu Wang

Chemical Engineering
Olumide Winjobi

Civil Engineering
Yadong Dong
Chao Zhang

Electrical Engineering
Guna Bharati
Hanieh Deilamsalehy

Environmental Engineering
Anika Kuczynski
Aditya Kumar

Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Sudhir Khodwekar

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Muraleekrishnan Menon Menon Muraleedharan Nair

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
Jessica Lauer



Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Spring 2016 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Spring 2016 Recipients

Biomedical Engineering
Hao Meng 1

Hao Meng

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry
Talaga-Melanie

Melanie Talaga

 

 

 

 

Civil Engineering

Hui Yao 2
Hui Yao

 

 

 

 

Engineering Physics
Ran Duan 1

Ran Duan

 

 

 

 

Materials Science and Engineering
Haselhuhn-Amberlee

Amberlee Haselhuhn


Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Summer 2016 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Summer 2016 Recipients

Biological Sciences
Ramkumar-Mohan

 

Ramkumar Mohan

 

 

 

Biomedical Engineering
Yuan Liu 4

Yuan Liu

 

 

 

 

Civil Engineering
Abdullahi Salman 3

Abdullahi Salman

 

 

 

 

Zwissler-BonnieBonnie Zwissler

 

 

 

 

Mathematical Sciences
Adrian Pastine 1

Adrian Pastine

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Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Fall 2015 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Fall 2015 Recipients

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Thansuan-Kejkaew

Kejkaew Thanasuan, PhD Candidate

 

 

 

Atmospheric Sciences
Joseph Niehaus

Joseph Niehaus,PhD Candidate

 

 

 

Noopur Sharma, PhD Candidate

Chemical Engineering
Yang_Zhang

Yang Zhang, PhD Candidate

 

 

 

Civil Engineering
Mohd_Rosli

Mohd Rosli Mohd Hasan, PhD Candidate

 

 

 

Computer Engineering
Lengfei-Han

Lengfei Han, PhD Candidate

 

 

 

 

Environmental Engineering
Peifu Cheng, PhD Candidate

Materials Science and Engineering
Yuan-Yifei
Yifei Yuan, PhD Candidate

 

 

Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Hasti Asayesh Ardakani, PhD Candidate
Benjamin Savonen, PhD Candidate

Engineering Physics
Boyi-Hao
Boyi Hao, PhD Candidate