Day: October 18, 2011

New theses and dissertations available in the Library

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:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Andrew Baker
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen L Kampe
Thesis title: A Technique to Measure Heats of Reaction of Ti-B, Al-Ti-B, and Al-Ti-B4C Powder Blends

Mehmet Bicak
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Mohan D Rao
Dissertation title: Analytical Investigation of Squeeze Film Dampers

Lijun Chen
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Brian D Barkdoll
Thesis title: Sediment Yield Reduction in an Agricultural Watershed

Pankaj Jagadale
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Fernando Luis Ponta
Thesis title: Effect of High Order Interpolation in the Stability and Efficiency of the Time-Integration Process in Vorticity-Velocity CFD Algorithms

Heather Jordan
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Robert R Johnson
Dissertation title: Portfolios and Pedagogy: An Examination of Ideology and Use

Ethan Jordan
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Nancy M Grimm
Dissertation title: A Place for Video Games: A Theoretical and Pedagogical Framework for Multiliteracies Learning in English Studies

Laurence Jose
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Co-Advisors: Nancy M Grimm and Robert R Johnson
Dissertation title: Technical Communication in the Global Context: A Heuristic Approach to Disciplinary Identity and Pedagogical Practices

Yu Liu
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Dissertation title: Discrete Element Methods for Asphalt Concrete: Development and Application of User-defined Microstructural Models and a Viscoelastic Micromechanical Model

Michael Norconk
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Seong-Young Lee
Thesis title: A Comprehensive Review and Application of Particle Image Velocimetry

Yinghong Qin
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Jacob Eskel Hiller
Dissertation title: Numerical Study on the Curling and Warping of Hardened Rigid Pavement Slabs

Brandon Sexton
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Larry D Lankton
Thesis title: “Brethren Upon The Same Level”: Membership and Class in Calumet’s Masonic Lodge

Yohannes Tafesse
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Zhi Tian
Thesis title: Compressed Sensing Based Cyclic Feature Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radios

Claudia Toro Vergara
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Paul Vincent Doskey
Thesis title: Nitrogen Oxides in the Firn Air at Summit, Greenland

Eddy Trinklein
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Post Processing of Multiple GPS Receivers to Enhance Baseline Accuracy

Joseph Wlodyka
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Finite Element Analysis on Titan STL3 OTR Tires

Weiming Zhao
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
Advisor: Zhenlin Wang
Dissertation title: Memory Resource Balancing for Virtualized Computing

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Tech Bucks National Trend in Graduate Enrollment

Across the United States, enrollment of new graduate students has declined somewhat, while the overall graduate school enrollment has increased only slightly (1.1 percent). However, those newest numbers, reported by the Council of Graduate Schools, are not reflected at Tech.

Bucking the national trend, graduate student enrollment here has increased nearly everywhere on campus. Total graduate enrollment sits at a new record of 1,303, while new master’s students have increased 6.9 percent, and new doctoral students have increased 4.3 percent.

So, why the difference?

“Students are interested in coming to our campus because of the quality of our faculty,” says Graduate School Dean Jackie Huntoon. “Many hear about us from friends and relatives who tell them that we provide great education opportunities in a wonderful place.”

According to Jacque Smith, director of graduate marketing and advancement for the Graduate School, there are other reasons.  “Of course, we provide a quality education,” he says, “and we combine a lot of resources with smaller numbers, so it’s a highly personalized graduate education.”

And research experiences at Tech are different, according to Smith. “We’ve always been known for hands-on, real-life research and lab experiences.” Less debt and more job offers are also incentives for students to seek education beyond the bachelor’s degree, he says.  “And, although it’s especially true for the STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] disciplines, we are experiencing growth in most areas,” he says.

See enrollment for further breakdown of program enrollment data for fall.

Story originally published in Tech Today.

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