Day: December 5, 2013

GRE offered at Michigan Tech on February 8, 2014

The GRE will be offered at Michigan Tech on February 8, 2014.  The test will be given in paper-based format.  The Graduate School has set up a web site with more information, including a link to the registration form.

Please notify your students of this opportunity to take the GRE on campus. This is a great opportunity to encourage some promising undergraduates to pursue a graduate education.

Students who are planning to take the GRE should visit the website for the GRE which provides a large amount of information, including materials to aid in preparation.  Links to specific types of information are provided on the Graduate School website so that is the best place for students to start their preparation.

Note that the registration forms are due to the GRE people on or before January 3.

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New theses available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses 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
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering


Sara Alian
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Ann L Maclean
Thesis title: Assessment of Aspen and Northern Hardwoods Extent in Thirty Three Counties of Upper/Lower Michigan

Jeff Benjamin
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Sound as Artifact

Emily Bouckaert
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Verifying Success of Artificial Reefs in the Huron-Erie Corridor for Lake Sturgeon

Wilbel Brewer
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Ching-An Peng
Thesis title: Induction of Microalgal Lipids for Biodiesel Production in Tandem with Sequestration of High Carbon Dioxide Concentration

Miles Corcoran
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Factors Affecting Diporeia Growth Rates in Lake Superior

Carley Feese
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Yue Li
Thesis title: Assessment of Seismic Damage of Buildings and Related Environmental Impacts

Rachel Griesmer
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew John Storer
Thesis title: Beech Bark Disease Distribution and Resistance in Michigan and Fungal Endophyte Ecology of Resistant and Susceptible Beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.)

Yi Jiang
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Zhengfu Xu
Thesis title: Maximum Principle Preserving High Order Schemes for Convection-Dominated Diffusion Equations

Kokkada Pruthul Ravindranath
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Molecular Modeling of PMR-15 Polyimide

Laura Matkala
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Rodney A Chimner and Harri Tapani Vasander
Thesis title: Influence of Vegetation Removal and Altering Water Levels on CO2 Flux Rates of a Northern Bog

Sarah Menassian
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Validation of a ‘Displacement Tomography’ Inversion Method for Modeling Sheet Intrusions

Xue Mi
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Caryn L Heldt
Thesis title: Electrospun Quaternized Chitosan Fibers for Virus Removal from Drinking Water

Alexander Michels
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Aleksey Victorovich Smirnov
Thesis title: Paleomagnetic Study of the Portage Lake Volcanics Exposed in the Quincy Mine

Sharil Patrale
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Multiscale Modeling of Liquid Crystalline/Nanotube Composites

Parawee Pumwongpitak
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen A Hackney
Thesis title: Dysprosium Transport in Nd-Fe-B Pellets

Haley Rupp
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Chandrashekhar Pralhad Joshi and Bjorn Sundberg
Thesis title: Effects of Ethylene on Secondary Xylem Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Alistair Smith
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Erik Lilleskov and Helja-Sisko Helmisaari
Thesis title: The Role of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi on Fertilized and Unfertilized Nursery Grown White Spruce

Alexis Sullivan
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Oliver Gailing and Maria R Garcia-Gil
Thesis title: Speciation with Gene-Flow in Eastern North American Red Oaks (Quercus section Lobatae)

Kouame Isaac Yao
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Is the U.S. Shale Gas Boom Having an Effect on the European Gas Market?

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New Dissertations Available in the Library

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

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Science
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Zeyad Ahmed
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: David W Hand
Dissertation title: The Quantification of the Fly Ash Adsorption Capacity for the Purpose of Characterization and Use in Concrete

Abdallah Al-Habahbeh
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Co-Advisors: Franz Xaver Tanner and Kathleen Anne Feigl
Dissertation title: Simulations of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Flows in Deformable Tubes

John Armstead
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Dissertation title: Novel Automotive Waste Heat Recovery Techniques

Justin Carlson
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Dissertation title: Beneficiation of High-MgO Sedimentary Phosphate Ores

Felicia Chong
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Karla Marie Kitalong
Dissertation title: How Do We Teach Usability? An Investigation of Usability Instruction in Technical Communication

Mary Christiansen
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Lawrence L Sutter
Dissertation title: An Investigation of Waste Glass-Based Geopolymers Supplemented with Alumina

Rudiger Escobar Wolf
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor: William I Rose
Dissertation title: Volcanic Processes and Human Exposure as Elements to Build a Risk Model for Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala

Kristen Gabby
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Timothy C Eisele
Dissertation title: Selective Mercury Sequestration from a Silver/Mercury Cyanide Solution

Aytug Gencoglu
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Adrienne Robyn Minerick
Dissertation title: Effects of Ion Limiting Conditions on the Behavior of Microfluidic Devices

Rabi Gyawali
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Co-Advisors: Veronica Webster Griffis and David W Watkins
Dissertation title: A Hydro-Climatic Modeling Framework for Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Great Lakes Basin

Na Hu
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Sarah A Green
Dissertation title: Acetyl Radical in Tobacco Smoke: Detection, Quantification and Simulation

Sapna Kumari
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Co-Advisors: Huann-Sheng Chen and Hairong Wei
Dissertation title: Identification of Genes Controlling Biological Processes and Pathways Through Statistical Analysis and Network Reconstruction

Kaela Leonard
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Adrienne Robyn Minerick
Dissertation title: Alternating Current Dielectrophoretic Manipulation of Erythrocytes in Medical Microdevice Technology

Julian Mills-Beale
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Dissertation title: Characterization of Asphalt Materials Containing Bio Oil from Michigan Wood

Ali Mirchi
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: David W Watkins
Dissertation title: System Dynamics Modeling as a Quantitative-Qualitative Framework for Sustainable Water Resources Management: Insights for Water Quality Policy in the Great Lakes Region

Bryan Murray
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Christopher Raymond Webster
Dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Ungulate-Ecosystem Interactions

Matthew Nielsen
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Megan C Frost
Dissertation title: Development of Optically Based pH Sensing Hydrogel and Controlled Nitric Oxide Release Polymer

Michael Pyrkosz
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Charles D Van Karsen
Dissertation title: Reverse Engineering the Structural and Acoustic Behavior of a Stradivari Violin

Joanna Schreiber
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: M Ann Brady
Dissertation title: Scientific Management Systems as Enframing or Empowering: How Lean and Six Sigma Define Technical Communication

Xiaobo Song
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Jeffrey Donald Naber and John H Johnson
Dissertation title: A SCR Model Based on Reactor and Engine Experimental Studies for a Cu-zeolite Catalyst

Brett Spigarelli
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Dissertation title: A Novel Approach to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

Srinivasa Rao Sripathi
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Wan Jin Jahng and Ramakrishna Wusirika
Dissertation title: Biochemical and Cellular Mechanisms of Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelial Apoptosis

Harsha Surenahalli
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Gordon G Parker and John H Johnson
Dissertation title: Dynamic Model Based State Estimation in a Heavy Duty Diesel After treatment System for Onboard Diagnostics and Controls

Nina Tyminska
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Co-Advisors: Marta Wloch and Loredana Valenzano
Dissertation title: Modern Computational Chemistry Methods for Prediction of Ground- and Excited-State Properties in Open-Shell Systems

Lisa Watrous
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Co-Advisors: Patricia J Sotirin and Stephen Thomas Pluhacek
Dissertation title: Living with Differences: From Everyday Fundamentalisms to Invitational Communication

Huan Yang
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Jason Robert Carter
Dissertation title: Influences of 24-Hour Sleep Deprivation on Cardiovascular and Neural Control at Rest and During Stress Tests in Humans

Junqing Zhang
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Yun Hang Hu
Dissertation title: Properties and Structures of Li-N Based Hydrogen Storage Materials

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