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:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Science
  • Geophysics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Sinan Abood
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Ann L Maclean
Dissertation title: Modeling and Classifying Variable Width Riparian Zones Utilizing Digital Elevation Models, Flood Height Data, Digital Soil Data, and National Wetlands Inventory: A New Approach for Riparian Zone Delineation

Lauren Fry
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Co-Advisors: James R Mihelcic and David W Watkins
Dissertation title: Water Resources, Health, and the Sustainability of Interventions to Achieve Water and Sanitation Targets of the Millennium Development Goals in a Changing World

Jessica Galbraith-Frew
Master of Science in Physics
Advisor: Petra Heike Huentemeyer
Thesis title: Measuring Energy Spectra of TeV Gamma-ray Emission from the Cygnus Region of our Galaxy with Milagro

Christopher Gilbertson
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Dissertation title: Dynamic Properties of Wood Using the Split-Hopkinson Pressure Bar

Danielle Haak
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Impact of Copper Mine Tailings (Stamp Sand) on Survival and Development of Aquatic Organisms Near Gay, Michigan

Matthew Howard
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Christopher T Middlebrook
Thesis title: A Multi-Software Modeling Technique for Field Distribution Propagation through an Optical Vertical Interconnect Assembly

Di Huang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Jason M Keith
Dissertation title: Modeling of Diesel Particulate Filter Filtration and Regeneration for Transient Driving Schedules

Xiayi Huang
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Car Ownership Modeling and Forecasts for China

Fredline Ilorme
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Veronica Webster Griffis
Dissertation title: Development of a Physically-Based Method for Delineation of Hydrologically Homogeneous Regions and Flood Quantile Estimation in Ungauged Basins via the Index Flood Method

Christopher Johnson
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Thomas Grant Pypker and Rodney A Chimner
Thesis title: Open Top Chambers and Infrared Lamps: A Comparison of Heating Efficacy and CO2/CH4 Dynamics in a Lake Superior Coastal Peatland

Jaclyn Johnson
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jeffrey Donald Naber
Dissertation title: Diesel Spray Mixing Limited Vaporization with Non-Ideal and Multi-Component Fuel Thermophysical Property Effects

Sarah Kiemle
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Michael R Gretz
Dissertation title: The Extracellular Matrix of the Charophycean Green Algae

Michelle Latsch
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Andrew John Storer
Dissertation title: Effects of Management on Native and Exotic Plant Communities in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Rita Lederle
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Jacob Eskel Hiller
Thesis title: Accounting for Warping and Differential Drying Shrinkage Mechanisms in the Design of Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements

Daniel Lopez-Gaxiola
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Jason M Keith and Julia Ann King
Dissertation title: Characterization of Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene-based Composites for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates and Development of Educational Tools in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

John Lyons
Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics
Co-Advisors: William I Rose and Gregory Phillip Waite
Dissertation title: Dynamics and Kinematics of Eruptive Activity at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala 2005-2009

Kasra Momeni
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Reza Shahbazian Yassar and Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: Experimental and Theoretical Study of Microstructure Effect on Piezoelectric Property of One Dimensional ZNO Nanostructures

Christy Oslund
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Nancy M Grimm
Dissertation title: Preparing Writing Centers and Tutors for Literacy Mediation for Working Class Campus-Staff

Partha Pal
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Ranjit Pati
Dissertation title: Quantum Transport in a Single Molecular Junction

Siddharth Patel
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Spandan Maiti and Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Numerical Modeling of the Failure Mechanisms in Si Thin Film Anode for Li-Ion Batteries

Aamod Pethe
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Dynamic Modeling of Active Regeneration in Catalyzed and Non-Catalyzed Diesel Particulate Filters

Jennifer Potter
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Charles D Van Karsen
Thesis title: Comparison of Modal Analysis Results of Laser Vibrometry and Nearfield Acoustical Holography Measurements of an Aluminum Plate

Anurag Rajan
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Fernando Luis Ponta
Thesis title: Effect of Mesh Distortion on the Accuracy of High Order Vorticity-Velocity CFD Approaches

Jerry Ross
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Lyon Bradley King
Dissertation title: Probe Studies of a Hall Thruster at Low Voltages

James Thunes
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Spandan Maiti and Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Topological Changes in 2D Simplicial Meshes for the Simulation of Fracture

Luke Vermeulen
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Stanley J Vitton
Thesis title: Evaluating the Relationship between Moisture Induced Expansion and Horizontal Stress Orientation in Samples from the Nonesuch Formation

Chaiyaporn Wattanaprayoon
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Michael E Mullins
Thesis title: Graphite Exfoliation by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction

Wenjie Xu
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Seyed Alireza Zekavat
Dissertation title: Multi-Antenna Non-Line-of-Sight Identification Techniques for Target Localization in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks

Daniel Yeboah
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Andrew J Burton and Andrew John Storer
Thesis title: Variation in Carbon Content of Tropical Tree Species from Ghana

Lei Zhang
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Yun Hang Hu
Dissertation title: Synthesis, Structure, and Stability of Metal-Organic Frameworks

Chao Zou
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Chunxiao Chigan
Dissertation title: Coherent System Design for Cognitive Radio Networks


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