New Theses and Dissertations Available

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Tayloria Adams
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Co-advisors: Julia Ann King and Tamara R Olson
Thesis title: In-Plane Thermal Conductivity Modeling of Carbon Filled Liquid Crystal Polymer Based Resins

Mathkar Alawi A Alharthi
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Gerard T Caneba
Thesis title: Dynamic Thermal Behavior of the Free-Radical Retrograde-Precipitation Polymerization (FRRPP) and Related Processes

Drew Ballantyne
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Rodney A Chimner
Thesis title: The Effects of Long-Term Water Table Manipulations on Carbon Cycling in Great Lakes Peatland

Matthew Barron
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Co-advisors: Seth W Donahue and Jeremy Goldman
Dissertation title: The Use of a 3D Perfusion Bioreactor with Osteoblasts and Osteoblast/Endothelial Cell Co-Cultures to Improve Tissue-Engineered Bone

Rungroj Benjakul
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: John S Gierke
Thesis title: Simulating Dioxane Transport in a Heterogeneous Glacial Aquifer System (Washtenaw County, Michigan) Using Publicly Available Models and Data

Daniel Hoffman
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Jaroslaw Wieslaw Drelich
Thesis title: Measuring the Elastic Modulus of Polymers Using the Atomic Force Microscope

Hans Lechner
Master of Science in Geology
Co-advisors: William I Rose and Charles DeMets
Thesis title: Differential GPS as a Monitoring Tool on Volcano Santa Ana and the Coatepeque Caldera, El Salvador

Karl Makinen
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
Thesis title: Balancing Wildlife and Bioenergy Values on Private Forestlands in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Torsten Mayrberger
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Ralph J Hodek
Dissertation title: The Small Strain Characterization of Unbound Highway Base Course Materials

Tolou Shokuhfar
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Craig R Friedrich
Dissertation title: Structural and Surface Property Characterization of Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes for Orthopedic Implants

Matthew Swanson
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Peter Dane Moran
Dissertation title: Investigation Into the Impact of Grain Boundaries, Film Interface, and Crystallographic Orientation on the Ionic Conductivity of Gadolinium Doped Ceria

Maura Taaffe
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: M Ann Brady
Dissertation title: Online and Unruly: Rhetorical and Representational Identity Work in Two Disability-Related Websites

Vidur (Parkash, Vidur)
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Ashok K Goel
Dissertation title: Modeling and Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Interconnects

David Wiegand
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Tony Neal Rogers
Dissertation title: Extraction of Trace Organic Chemicals from Aqueous Solutions Using a Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid Solvent

Olumide Winjobi
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Wenzhen Li
Thesis title: Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) Supported Pt and Pd Alloy Nanoparticles for Formic Acid Oxidation Reaction (FAOR)