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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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New Dissertations 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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Forest Science
  • Geophysics
  • Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Felix Adom
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Dissertation title: The Potential of Industrial Waste and Agricultural Feedstock Towards Sustainable Biofuels Production: Techno-Economic and Environmental Impact Perspectives

Tianle Cheng
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Yu Wang
Dissertation title: Diffuse-Interface Field Approach to Modeling Self-Assembly of Heterogeneous Colloidal Systems and Related Dipole-Dipole Interaction Phenomena

Neluka Dissanayake
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Miguel Levy
Dissertation title: Magneto-Photonic Crystals for Optical Sensing Applications

Jiqing Fan
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Dissertation title: Sustainable Energy Production in the United States: Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels and Bioenergy

Alexandru Herescu
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
Dissertation title: Two-Phase Flow in Microchannels: Morphology and Interface Phenomena

Mohamed Ibrahim
Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics
Advisor: Wayne D Pennington
Dissertation title: Amplitude-Versus-Angle Analysis and Wide-Angle-Inversion of Crosswell Seismic Data in a Carbonate Reservoir

Kevyn Juneau
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff
Dissertation title: Integrated Management of the Invasive Species Cirsiumarvense, Canada Thistle, and Phragmites australis, Common Reed: Using Ecologically Based Control Measures at Each Stage of the Invasion Process

Katherine Snyder
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Rupak M Rajachar
Dissertation title: Development of Vapor Deposited Silica Sol-Gel Particles for a Bioactive Materials System to Direct Osteoblast Behavior

Kefeng Li
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Ramakrishna Wusirika
Dissertation title: Isolation of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria from Torch Lake Sediments and Their Role in Phytoremediation of Metal Contaminated Soil

Wenjia Liu
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Bo Chen
Dissertation title: Data Driven Intelligent Agent Networks for Adaptive Monitoring and Control

Kimberly Rudkin
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Marika Ann Seigel
Dissertation title: Add a Dash of Rhetoric, a Pinch of Technical Communication, a Handful of Pedagogy, and Mix Well: Cookbooks and Recipes as Instructional Texts, and What Domestic Texts from 1870 to1935 Can Teach Us About Technical Communication

Scott See
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
Advisor: Larry D Lankton
Dissertation title: Keweenaw National Historical Park: Heritage Partnerships in an Industrial Landscape

Pei Tang
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Co-Advisors: Amlan Mukherjee and Nilufer Onder
Dissertation title: Assessing Decision Making Strategies in Construction Management by using a Schedule-based Simulation Framework

Foad Yousef
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: W. Charles Kerfoot
Dissertation title: Application of Remote Sensing in Aquatic Ecosystems

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New Theses 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
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Cagri Abis
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Kalman Filter Approaches on Crane Swing

Zainab Alshoug
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Production of Recombinant Trichoderma Reesei Endoglucanase Protein Cel7B by Using Kluyveromyces Lactis

Regina Baiden
Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Sue Collins
Thesis title: The Celebrity Burden: Celebrity Campaigns in the Pursuit of Humanitarianism

Kyle Bordeau
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Agent Based, Distributed Control Strategies and Optimization of Plug-In Electric Vehicles on Smart/Microgrid Architectures

Shubham Borole
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Gerard T Caneba and Tony Neal Rogers
Thesis title: Surfactant-Oil Interactions: Foaming & Toxicity

Keri Deneau
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Linda Marie Nagel and Jorg Brunet
Thesis title: The Effects of Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) on Understory Vegetation and Soils in a Northern Hardwood Forest

Tim Gebuhr
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Robert Edgar Froese and Michael J Falkowski
Thesis title: Applications of LiDAR Remote Sensing of Forest Structure in the Upper Great Lakes Region, USA

Adam Kantor
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: John E Beard
Thesis title: Implementation of a Variable Compression Ratio Mechanism in a Four Cylinder Engine

Cassandra Ott
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Rodney A Chimner
Thesis title: Carbon in the Peatlands of the Great Lakes Region of North America

Aaron Poznanovic
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Michael J Falkowski and Ann L Maclean
Thesis title: Geospatial Analysis of Western Juniper (Juniperusoccidentalis) Encroachment Utilizing Remotely Sensed Data

Karl Romanowicz
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor: Erik Lilleskov
Thesis title: Plant-Mediated Effects on Microbial Diversity in Mesocosms of an Oligotrophic Bog

Mary Snyder
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff
Thesis title: Local Use and Management of Tasba (Senna obtusifolia) in the Traditional Food System of Sanguere Paul, North Cameroon

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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 Cognitive Science and Human Factors
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics


Yiru Chen
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Advisor: Victor B Busov
Dissertation title: Regulation of Woody Plant Development by Auxin and Polar Auxin Transport

Aaron DeWahl
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen A Hackney
Thesis title: Faulted Structures in Li Ion Exchanged NaMO2(M=Ni0.25Mn0.75)

Stephanie Groves
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Susan T Bagley
Dissertation title: Ethanol Production from Hardboard Manufacturing Process Wastewater: Methods for Improving Product Yields from Hemicellulose Hydrolysates

Alexandria Guth
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor: James R Wood
Dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Evolution of the Volcanics and Sediments of the Kenya Rift

Meagan Harless
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Casey J Huckins and Thomas Grant Pypker
Dissertation title: Effects of Chemical Deicers on Amphibian Communities

Melanie Kueber Watkins
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: David W Hand
Dissertation title: Characterization of a Coal Fly Ash-Cement Slurry by the Absolute Foam Index

Federica Lanza
Master of Science in Geology
Co-Advisors: Gregory Phillip Waite and Alessandro Tibaldi
Thesis title: Evaluating Stress Patterns for Plio-Quaternary Brittle Deformation along the Calama-Olacapato-El Toro Fault Zone, Central Andes

Chen Liao
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Shiyan Hu
Dissertation title: Strategic Optimization Techniques for FRTU Deployment and Chip Physical Design

James Pidgeon
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Jeffrey Donald Naber and John H Johnson
Thesis title: An Experimental Investigation into the Effects of Biodiesel Blends on Particulate Matter Oxidation in a Catalyzed Particulate Filter during Active Regeneration

Sarah Poznanovic
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Christopher Raymond Webster and Joseph Kelty Bump
Thesis title: Promoting Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems Using Ecological Forestry

Alison Regal
Master of Science in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Co-Advisors: Louisa Dominique Raisbeck and Paul Ward
Thesis title: Skill Acquisition and the Influence of Attentional Focus and Practice

Michael Rittenour
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Scott Andrew Miers and Jason R Blough
Thesis title: Cold-Start Emissions Testing of Snowmobiles Using Ethanol and Gasoline

Neila Salvadori
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Veronica Webster Griffis
Thesis title: Evaluation of Non-Stationarity in Annual Maximum Flood Series of Moderately Impaired Watersheds in the Upper Midwest and Northeastern United States

Joel Suss
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Advisor: Paul Ward
Dissertation title: Using a Prediction and Option Generation Paradigm to Understand Decision Making

Scott Wagner
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: William John Emblom and Craig R Friedrich
Dissertation title: Analysis of a Non-Traditional Micro Tube Hydroforming Process

Mimi Yang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Pushpalatha P N Murthy
Dissertation title: Enhancement of Heterologous Expression of Alkaline Phytase in Pichia pastoris

Huan Zhang
Master of Science in Computer Science
Advisor: Chaoli Wang
Thesis title: Animated Transition in Similarity-Based Tiled Image Layout

Xiaoliang Zhong
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Ravindra Pandey
Dissertation title: Electron Transport in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures -Theoretical Study with Application

Bonnie Zwissler
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Oommen
Thesis title: A Study of the Impacts of Freeze-Thaw on Cliff Recession at the Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County, Maryland

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New Dissertations Available in 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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Forest Science
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Michael Brodeur-Campbell
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Dissertation title: Biochemical Conversions of Lingocellulosic Biomass for Sustainable Fuel-Ethanol Production in the Upper Midwest

Liu Chen
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Fernando Luis Ponta
Dissertation title: Vortex Shedding Dynamics in Long Aspect-Ratio Aerodynamics Bodies

Baron Colbert
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Dissertation title: The Performance and Modification of Recycled Electronic Waste Plastics for the Improvement of Asphalt Pavement Materials

Joseph Dingeldein
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Craig R Friedrich
Dissertation title: Direct Write Fabrication of Waveguides and Interconnects for Optical Printed Wiring Boards

Emmanuel Ebanyenle
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Co-Advisors: Andrew J Burton and Andrew John Storer
Dissertation title: Effects of Elevated Atmospheric CO2 and O3 on Wood Density, Anatomical Properties and Decomposition of Northern Hardwoods

Shurong Fang
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Co-Advisors: Qiuying Sha and Shuanglin Zhang
Dissertation title: Statistical Methods for Rare and Common Variant Association Studies

Carrie Hill
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Lyon Bradley King
Dissertation title: Translation Studies on an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Device for Space Propulsion

John Hribljan
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Rodney A Chimner
Dissertation title: The Effect of Long-Term Water Table Manipulations on Vegetation, Pore Water, Substrate Quality, and Carbon Cycling in a Northern Poor Fen Peatland

Shuo Huang
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering
Advisor: Jindong Tan
Dissertation title: Adaptive Sampling with Mobile Sensor Networks

Yongliang Jin
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Amlan Mukherjee
Dissertation title: Evaluating Infrastructure Performance to Assist Facility Management Toward Sustainable Systems

Fanyu Kong
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering
Advisor: Jindong Tan
Dissertation title: Automatic Food Intake Assessment Using Camera Phones

Pradeep Kumar
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Miguel Levy
Dissertation title: Nonlinear Effects in Magnetic Garnet Films and Nonreciprocal Optical Bloch Oscillations in Waveguide Arrays

Chengzhang Li
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Michele H Miller
Dissertation title: Design and Fabrication of Resonant Gas Sensor for High Sensitivity in the Presence of Air Damping

Miriam Rios Sanchez
Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering
Advisor: John S Gierke
Dissertation title: A Remote Sensing Approach to Characterize the Hydrogeology of Mountainous Areas: Application to the Quito Aquifer System (QAS), Ecuador

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New Theses Available in 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
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


Ruth Bennett
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor: Joseph Kelty Bump
Thesis title: Habitat Associations of the Golden-winged Warbler in Honduras

Howard Haselhuhn
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Thesis title: The Role of Water Chemistry in the Concentration of Hematite Ore

Abhishek Jain
Master of Science in Geological Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Oommen
Thesis title: Sampling Bias in Evaluating the Probability of Seismically Induced Soil Liquefaction with SPT & CPT Case Histories

Lilli Kaarakka
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Andrew J Burton and Helja-Sisko Helmisaari
Thesis title: The Long-Term Effects of Whole-Tree Harvest at Final Felling on Soil Properties in a Norway Spruce(Picea abies(L) Karst.) Stand

Laura Kangas
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Rodney A Chimner and Eeva-Stiina Tuittila
Thesis title: Restoration of Forested Wetlands: Case Studies in Michigan and Finland

Harriet King
Master of Science in Computer Science
Advisor: Charles Robert Wallace
Thesis title: Understanding “Just Enough” Computer Users: Motivation Style and Proficiency

Aditya Kumar
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Shiliang Wu
Thesis title: Free Troposphere Ozone & Carbon Monoxide over the North Atlantic for 2001-2011

Robert Larson
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Jason Robert Carter
Thesis title: Sleep Deprivation and Pain Intensity

Jaime LeDuc
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: W. Charles Kerfoot
Thesis title: Predator-Prey: Interactions Between the Spiny Waterflea(Bythotrephes longimanus) and Pumpkinseed Sunfish(Lepomis gibbosus)

Dustin Loveland
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jeffrey Donald Naber
Thesis title: Development of a Predictive Combustion Model of a Spark Ignited Engine with Gasoline Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing, Duration and Lift Technologies

Bethany Lyons
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew J Burton
Thesis title: Nitrogen Deposition Effects on Production and Decomposition of Coarse Woody Debris

John Maass
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Rudy L Luck
Thesis title: Coordination Chemistry of BIS(Benzyl)Phosphate

Jonathan Malette
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: Assessing Land Use and Land Cover Change in Tropical Dry Forest of Northern Chinandega, Nicaragua from 1985 to 2011

Maira Maskevics
Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Advisor: Roger M Kieckhafer
Thesis title: Multimodal Performance and Reliability Analysis of the Pierre Auger Observatory Northern Site Communications System,

Kathleen McKee
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Gregory Phillip Waite
Thesis title: Using Auto- and Cross-Correlations from Seismic Noise to Monitor Velocity Changes at Villarrica Volcano, Chile

Lauren Schaefer
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Thomas Oommen
Thesis title: Geotechnical Data and Numerical Analysis of Edifice Collapse and Related Hazards at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Daniel Smith
Master of Science in Geological Engineering
Co-Advisors: John S Gierke and Thomas Oommen
Thesis title: Stability Analysis and Hazard Assessment of the Northern Slopes of San Vicente Volcano in Central El Salvador

Luis Miguel Verissimo
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Joseph Kelty Bump and Michael J Falkowski
Thesis title: Landscape and Forest Structure at Moose Mortality Sites on Isle Royale National Park: A LiDAR-Based Assessment

Aino Virtanen
Master of Science in Forestry
Co-Advisors: Audrey Lorraine Mayer and Anne Maarit Kristiina Toppinen
Thesis title: Managerial Perceptions on Corporate Social Responsibility: A Transatlantic Comparison between Forest Products Companies in Europe and North America

Zhichao Wang
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Wenzhen Li
Thesis title: Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Applications of Nanostructured Non-precious Metal Catalysts

Andrew Wiegand
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Scott Andrew Miers and Jason R Blough
Thesis title: Conversion of a Micro, Glow-Ignition, Two-Stroke Engine from Nitromethane-Methanol Blend Fuel to Military Jet Propellant (JP-8)

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New theses and 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:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Science
  • Forestry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Yilin Dai
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Co-advisors: Jianping Dong and Renfang Jiang
Dissertation title: Statistical Methods for Multi-Marker Testing in Genetic Association Studies

Shu Wei Goh
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Dissertation title: Development and Improvement of Warm-Mix Asphalt Technology

Sheng Hu
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering
Advisor: Jindong Tan
Dissertation title: A Body Sensor Network for In-home Personal Healthcare

Rocio Jimenez Vazquez
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-advisors: Linda Marie Nagel and Rodney A Chimner
Thesis title: Assessing Success of Forest Restoration Efforts in Degraded Montane Cloud Forests in Southern Mexico

Raymond Molzon
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Iosif Pinelis
Dissertation title: Berry-Esseen Bounds for Nonlinear Statistics, and Asymptotic Relative Efficiency Between Correlation Statistics

Anne Pond
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Robert Edgar Froese
Dissertation title: Evaluating Northern Hardwood Management Using Retrospective Analysis and Diameter Distributions

Katie Preston
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Thomas Grant Pypker
Thesis title: Fuelwood Collection and Consumption: A Case Study in Lupeta, Tanzania

Andrew Rice
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Amitabh Narain
Thesis title: Assessments and Computational Simulations in Support of a Time-Varying Mass Flow Rate Measurement Technique for Pulsatile Gas Flow

James Sevik
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Thesis title: Exhaust Emissions of Low Level Blend Alcohol Fuels from Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Marine Engines

Shangzhao Shi
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Jiann-Yang Hwang
Dissertation title: Microwave-Assisted Wet Chemical (MAWC) Synthesis of Lithium Iron Phosphate

Alessia Uboni
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: John Andrew Vucetich
Dissertation title: Wolf Habitat Selection at the Territory Level: Seasonal and Interannual Variation and Influence on Reproductive Success

Robert Washeleski
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Lyon Bradley King
Dissertation title: Laser Thomson Scattering Measurements of Electron Temperature and Density in a Hall-Effect Plasma

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New dissertations available in 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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forest Science
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics


Sigridur Bjarnadottir
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Co-Advisors: Yue Li and Mark G. Stewart
Dissertation title: Probabilistic-Based Hurricane Risk Assessment and Mitigation Considering the Potential Impacts of Climate Change

Jeremy Bos
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Michael C Roggemann
Dissertation title: Robustness of Speckle Imaging Techniques Applied to Horizontal Imaging Scenarios

Ahmed Gad El Sayed Gad
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Ossama Omar Abdelkhalik
Dissertation title: Space Trajectories Optimization Using Variable-Chromosome-Length Genetic Algorithms

Shu Ting Goh
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Seyed Alireza Zekavat and Ossama Omar Abdelkhalik
Dissertation title: Algorithms for Spacecraft Formation Flying Navigation Based on Wireless Positioning System Measurements

Azad Henareh Khalyani
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Audrey Lorraine Mayer
Dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Land Cover and Landscape Structure Change in Zagros Forests

Lorna Henney
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor: Iain Matthew Watson
Dissertation title: Remote Sensing of Volcanic Plumes Using the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER)

Qiaoyu Lu
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Michael E Mullins
Dissertation title: Synthesis of PDMS-Metal Oxide Hybrid Nanocomposites Using an In Situ Sol-Gel Route

Saikat Mukhopadhyay
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Co-Advisors: Ravindra Pandey and Shashi Ranjan Prasad Karna
Dissertation title: Quantum Modeling of Bioconjugated Nanomaterials

Kenny Ng
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Qingli Dai
Dissertation title: Integration of Computational Models and Experimental Characterization to Study Internal Frost Damage in Cementitious Materials

Zhiwei Peng
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Jiann-Yang Hwang
Dissertation title: Heat Transfer in Microwave Heating

Amber Roth
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Co-Advisors: David James Flaspohler and Christopher Raymond Webster
Dissertation title: Retention of Canopy Trees as Biological Legacies for Balancing Woody Biomass Production and Biodiversity in Managed Aspen Forests of the Great Lakes Region

Robert Smith
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Edward Lumsdaine
Dissertation title: Computational Fluids Domain Reduction to a Simplified Fluid Network

Lakshman Kumar Vanga
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Paul L Bergstrom
Dissertation title: Implementation of Porous Silicon Technology for a Fluidic Flow-Through Optical Sensor for pH Measurements

Chad Walber
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jason R Blough
Dissertation title: Torque Converter Turbine Noise and Cavitation Noise Over Varying Speed Ratio

Zezhou Wang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Sarah A Green
Dissertation title: Soft Lewis Acid Catalyzed Cycloisomerization of Oxo-Alkynes and Enynes

Zhiyong Zhang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Wenzhen Li
Dissertation title: Advanced Nanostructured Electro-Catalysts for Electricity Generation and Biorenewable Alcohol Conversion

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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:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Geology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


John Baeten
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Patrick E Martin
Thesis title: The Technology, Mining Methods and Landscapes of a Placer Mining District in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1900-1930

Bingyu Bai
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Caryn L Heldt
Thesis title: Electrospun Chitosan Nanofibers for Virus Removal

Andrew Chapp
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lanrong Bi
Thesis title: Indole Based Antioxidants for the Treatment of Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

Jean DeClerck
Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Co-Advisors: M Ann Brady and Wendy K Z Anderson
Thesis title: Exigencies for Engaging Undergraduates in Rhetorical Problem Solving: Insights from Engineering Managers and A3Report Analyses

Elise Desplas
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Aleksey Victorovich Smirnov
Thesis title: Comparison of Magnetic Properties and Petrography between Dykes and Lava Flows from La Cienega, New Mexico and Thunder Bay Area, Canada

Nathan Fettinger
Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Co-Advisors: Chee-Wooi Ten and Chunxiao Chigan
Thesis title: Minimizing Residential Distribution System Operating Costs through Intelligently Scheduled Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Charging

Sarah Gray
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Seth W Donahue
Thesis title: Treatment of Osteoporosis in a Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using Black Bear Parathyroid Hormone

Kristine Guzak
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Kurtis G Paterson
Thesis title: Engineering Design Motivations: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of University Students

Eric Kreiger
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: A Model to Describe the Mode I Fracture of Steel Fiber Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Huihui Lin
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: David W Watkins
Thesis title: Analysis of Spring Break-up and Its Effects on a Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain in Northern Michigan

Patrick Manzoni
Master of Science in Geology
Co-Advisors: Thomas Oommen and Alessandro Tibaldi
Thesis title: Slope Stability Analysis of the Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Using Limit Equilibrium and Finite Element Method

Hilary Morgan
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Lava Discharge Rate Estimates from Thermal Infrared Satellite Data at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Andrew Orthober
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Carol A MacLennan
Thesis title: Public Participation in Michigan Mining Policy: The Kennecott Eagle Project Case

Bhairavi Pandya
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Chee-Wooi Ten
Thesis title: Online Distribution Management Framework by Incorporating Wind Generation

Parichehr Saranjampour
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lynn Rebecca Mazzoleni
Thesis title: Characterization of Water-Soluble Organic Compounds in Ambient Aerosol Using Ultrahigh-Resolution Electrospray Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry

Sarah Stream
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Jason Robert Carter
Thesis title: Acute Alcohol Ingestion and Sympathetic Neural Responses During Orthostatic Stress in Humans

Zhitong Zhao
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Iosif Pinelis
Thesis title: Modeling Spontaneous Three-Dimensional Polymerization

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