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
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Adam Airoldi
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew J Burton
Thesis title: Forest-Limit Fluctuation in Response to Land Use and Climate Variability: A History of the Alpine Forest Regions Around Røros, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway and the Social and Ecological Impacts of Past Industrialization

Marcel Dijkstra
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Mechanisms Contributing to the Deep Chlorophyll Maximum in Lake Superior

Lara Kapelanczyk
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: William I Rose
Thesis title: An Eruptive History of Maderas Volcano Using New40Ar/39Ar Ages and Geochemical Analyses

Yang Li
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Advisor: Hairong Wei
Thesis title: Cloning and Characterization of the Genes Involved in Cambial Growth in Response to Elevated [CO2]

Chang Liu
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Mark S Gockenbach
Dissertation title: Problems in the Classical Calculus of Variations

Seyyed Hessam Mir Shah Ghassemi
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Reza Shahbazian Yassar and Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: In-Situ Electrical, Mechanical and Electrochemical Characterizations of One-Dimensional Nanostructures

Duane Morrow
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue and Gregory M Odegard
Dissertation title: Development of a Continuum Mechanics Model of Passive Skeletal Muscle

Patricia Nadeau
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Co-Advisors: Gregory Phillip Waite and Simon Anthony Carn
Dissertation title: Ultraviolet Digital Imaging of Volcanic Plumes: Implementation and Application to Magmatic Processes at Basaltic Volcanoes

Anthony Oxley
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Stanley J Vitton
Thesis title: Comparison of Three Methods for Driven Pile Capacity

Anahita Pakzad
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Reza Shahbazian Yassar
Dissertation title: Nanomechanics of Cellulose Crystals and Cellulose-Based Polymer Composites

Louis Pignotti
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Co-Advisors: Eugenijus Urnezius and Rudy L Luck
Dissertation title: Multimetallic Complexes Based on Phosphine- and Phosphine Oxide- Appended p-Hydroquinones

Jayanth Ramamurthy
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Bruce Mork
Dissertation title: Wind Plant Interaction with Series-Compensated Power Systems

Julio Rivera
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: John W Sutherland
Dissertation title: A Sustainability Study of Nanomaterials Including Societal and Occupational Implications

Christopher Schwartz
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Jason Robert Carter
Dissertation title: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Neurovascular Responses to Mental Stress in Humans

Matthew VanGrinsven
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Alex S Mayer
Thesis title: Estimation of Vertical Groundwater Fluxes into a Streambed through Continuous Temperature Profile Monitoring and the Relationship of Groundwater Fluxes to Coaster Brook Trout Spawning Habitat

Singaravelu Velayudham
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Haiying Liu
Dissertation title: Conjugated Polymers and their Composite Material for Sensing Applications

Gregory Vosters
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Wayne W Weaver
Thesis title: Energy and Conductance State Modeling of Power Electronic Converters for DC Microgrids

Wenge Wei
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: David W Watkins
Dissertation title: Use of Hydroclimatic Forecasts for Improved Water Management in Central Texas

Kassidy Yatso
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff and Pekka Olavi Nygren
Thesis title: Planting and Production of Switchgrass (Panicumvirgatum L.) as a Bioenergy Crop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula