Category: New in the Library

New dissertations 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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Muhammad Ali
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Bruce Mork and Leonard J Bohmann
Dissertation title: Development of System Separation Strategy Using Synchrophasor Data

Mohammad Al-Jamal
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Mark S Gockenbach
Dissertation title: Numerical Solutions of Elliptic Inverse Problems via the Equation Error Method

Ning Chen
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Patricia A Heiden
Dissertation title: Biological Materials: Part A. Tuning LCST of RAFT Copolymers and Gold/Copolymer Hybrid Nanoparticles and Part B. Biobased Nanomaterials

Aly Farahat
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
Advisor: Ali Ebnenasir
Dissertation title: Automated Design of Self-Stabilization

Nathaniel Gbessagee
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: R Craig Waddell
Dissertation title: Adapting Health-Risk Communication to the Specific Cultural Contexts of Diverse Populations: An Assessment of Malaria-Treatment Programs in Liberia

Kevin Hodur
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: M Ann Brady
Dissertation title: Life-Patterns on the Periphery: A Humanities Base for Development Imperatives and their Application in the Chicago City-Region

Rui Liao
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Zhijun Zhao
Dissertation title: Fading pdf of Free-Space Optical Communication System with Pointing Error

Michael Via
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Julia Ann King
Dissertation title: Investigation into the Enhancement of Polycarbonate with Conductive Nanomaterials

Zheng Zhang
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Jiann-Yang Hwang
Dissertation title: Effect of External Electric Field on Hydrogen Adsorption over Activated Carbon Separated by Dielectric Materials

Xinying Zheng
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Jindong Tan and Yu Cai
Dissertation title: Managing Server Energy and Reducing Operational Cost for Online Service Providers


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
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Forestry
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Carla Alonso Contes
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: John S Gierke
Thesis title: Lineament Mapping for Groundwater Exploration Using Remotely Sensed Imagery in a Karst Terrain: Rio Tanami and Rio de Arecibo Basins in the Northern Karst of Puerto Rico

Ryan Banas
Master of Science in Geophysics
Advisor: Wayne D Pennington
Thesis title: A Geophysical and Geological Analysis of the Collingwood Member of the Trenton Formation

Miguel Angel Carbonell Munoz
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Devin K Harris
Thesis title: Compatibility of Ultra High Performance Concrete as Repair Material: Bond Characterization with Concrete Under Different Loading Scenarios

Aaron Dayton
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Cladophora, Mass Transport, and the Nearshore Phosphorus Shunt

Zekeriya Dereli
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Wayne W Weaver
Thesis title: Optimal Current Control for Sub-Unity Power Factor Correction

Jonathan Ebel
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Amy Marie Marcarelli
Thesis title: Biofilm Responses to Salmon Carcass Analog Addition in Central Idaho Streams

Paul Francis
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: Small-Scale Timber Stand Management Techniques: A Case Study of Woodlots in Isangati, Tanzania

Meghan Haycock
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Paul George Sanders
Thesis title: Effects of Silicon Content and Cooling Rate on Mechanical Properties of Heavy Section Ductile Cast Iron

Nathan Kelley-Hoskins
Master of Science in Physics
Advisor: Petra Heike Huentemeyer
Thesis title: Calibration of the HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Susan Larson
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Development of a Conceptual Model and Parameterization of a Mathematical Model for Sediment Phosphorus Diagenesis, Sorption and Release from Onondaga Lake Syracuse, New York

Jeffrey LeClair
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lynn Rebecca Mazzoleni
Thesis title: Structural Characterization of Water-Soluble Atmospheric Organic Matter by Ultrahigh-Resolution Mass Spectrometry

Celine Mandon
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Comparing Satellite and Ground-Based Observations of Paroxysmal Degassing Events at Etna Volcano, Italy

Natiffany Mathews
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Public Values and Perceptions of Industrial Heritage in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Anieri Morales Rivera
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Comparisons Between OMI SO2 Data and Ground-BasedSO2 Measurements at Turrialba Volcano

Poowanart Poramapojana
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Bo Chen
Thesis title: Predictive Control of Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain for Intelligent Energy Management

James Rudkin
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: ‘A Cold Blizzard was Raging, but the Light Shone Brightly’: Social Networks Presented in Stained Glassan Industrial Community

Puneet Soman
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Mechanical Modeling of Intraneural Ganglion Cyst

Brett Spigarelli
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Thesis title: An Approach to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage at Ambient Conditions

Jordan Stank
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Thesis title: Analysis of In-Cylinder Pressure Transducer Data Quality Utilizing a SIDI Turbocharged Engine

Katelyn Watson
Master of Science in Geological Engineering
Advisor: Alex S Mayer
Thesis title: A Regional Assessment of Groundwater Availability as Constrained by Local Hydrogeology and Environmental Limits to Streamflow Depletion


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 Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Mechanical Engineering


Evan Anderson
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: The Impact of Balsamo (Myroxylon balsamum L. Harms) on Coffee Yield and Household Income in El Balsamar, El Salvador

Gerald Anzalone
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Lawrence L Sutter
Thesis title: Expansion of Mortar Bars in the Presence of Potassium Acetate Deicer

Ellen Brenna
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
Thesis title: Perceptions of Water Conditions and Management in the Sonora River Basin, Sonora, Mexico

Claire Doskey
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Rupali Datta and Ramakrishna Wusirika
Thesis title: Uptake and Fate of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine by Chrysopogonzizanioides

Ryan Duman
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Economic Viability of Shale Gas Production in the Marcellus Shale; Indicated by Production Rates, Costs and Current Natural Gas Prices

Casey Fritsch
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Veronica Webster Griffis
Thesis title: Evaluation of Flood Risk in Response to Climate Variability

Ryan Hoensheid
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: An Evaluation of Surface Defect Detection in Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks Using Terrestrial LiDAR

Renn Lambert
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Great Lakes Tributary Phosphorus Bioavailability

Zhihao Li
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Tomas B Co
Thesis title: The Control of Recycle Processes using Neural Networks Combined with PID Controller

Edwin Maleche
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Carbon Foot Print Life Cycle Assessment Analysis of the New IH2 Biofuel Production Process for Diverse Feedstocks

John Moyer
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue and Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Regional Comparisons of Nano-Mechanical Properties of the Human Meniscus; Structure and Function

Sarah Shann
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Devin K Harris
Thesis title: Application of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) as a Thin-Bonded Overlay for Concrete Bridge Decks

Kenneth Shiel
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: John H Johnson and Jeffrey Donald Naber
Thesis title: A Study of the Effect of Biodiesel Fuel on Passive Oxidation in a Catalyzed Particulate Filter

Elizabeth Tahtinen
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff
Thesis title: Influence of White-Tailed Deer on Nitrogen Cycling and Vegetative Community Change in Canopy Gaps in a Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forest

Kara Vogel
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Kenneth Michael Gibson
Thesis title: Inhibition of L-Type Amino Acid Transport with Non-Physiological Amino Acids in the Pahenu2 Mouse Model of Phenylketonuria

Jinjin Wang
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Bahne C Cornilsen
Thesis title: Performance Evaluation and Characterization of Symmetric Capacitors with Carbon Black, and Asymmetric Capacitors Using a Carbon Foam Supported Nickel Electrode

James Weber
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Thesis title: Impact of E22 on Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Snowmobiles


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
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Forest Science
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Irfan Ahmed
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Warren F Perger
Dissertation title: Direction Finding in the Presence of a More Realistic Environment Model

Muhammad Aslam
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Durdu Guney
Dissertation title: Negative Index Metamaterials and Metaspacers for Optical Frequencies

Ananyo Bandyopadhyay
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Dissertation title: Molecular Modeling of EPON 862-DETDA Polymer

Surendar Dhadi
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Ramakrishna Wusirika
Dissertation title: Functional Analysis of Rice Bidirectional Promoters

Shuhan Ding
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
Advisor: Soner Onder
Dissertation title: Future Value Based Single Assignment Program Representations and Optimizations

Kyle Drexler
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Michael C Roggemann
Dissertation title: Utilizing Gaussian-Schell Model Beams to Mitigate Atmospheric Turbulence in Free Space Optical Communications

Nishantha Ekneligoda
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Wayne W Weaver
Dissertation title: Optimal Game Theoretic Distributed Control Methodologies in Small Scale Power Systems

David Fritz
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
Dissertation title: An Implementation of a Phenomenological Evaporation Model into a Porous Network Simulation for Water Management in Low Temperature Fuel Cells

Christine Garceau
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Diane L Shoos
Dissertation title: Interrogating the Spaces of Personal Photography: Women, Identity, and the Cultural Formation of Photographic Practice

Yejun Gong
Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science and Engineering
Advisor: Franz Xaver Tanner
Dissertation title: Large Eddy Simulation of Dispersed Multiphase Flow

Bonnie Gorman
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Patricia J Sotirin
Dissertation title: Governmentality in Higher Education: A Critical Analysis of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Elisabet Head
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Dissertation title: Investigations into the Degassing and Eruption Mechanisms of Nyamuragira Volcano, Democratic Republic of the Congo(Africa)

Yan Huo
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Yun Hang Hu
Dissertation title: Synthesis of Novel Solid Materials from Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide

Beini Jiang
Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science and Engineering
Advisor: Le Zhang
Dissertation title: Employing Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Technology to Speed Up Multi-Scale and Multi-Resolution Agent-Based Brain Cancer Models

Thimmaiah Kumbera Ganapathi
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: William J Endres
Dissertation title: A Study on the Feasibility of Universal Chip Control in Machining

Lucas Lago
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Fernando Luis Ponta
Dissertation title: Structural Response and Dynamics of Fluid-Structure-Control Interaction in Wind Turbine Blades

Subhasish Mandal
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Ranjit Pati
Dissertation title: Charge and Spin Transport in Nanoscale Junction from First Principles

Soumya Mitra
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Amitabh Narain
Dissertation title: Development of One-Dimensional and Two-Dimensional Computational Tools that Simulate Steady Internal Condensing Flows in Terrestrial and Zero-Gravity Environments

Lindsey Shartell
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
Advisor: Andrew John Storer
Dissertation title: Invasion Patterns of Emerald Ash Borer and European Earthworms in Forested Ecosystems

Iltesham Syed
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Abhijit Mukherjee and Jeffrey Donald Naber
Dissertation title: Numerical Investigation of Effects of Addition of Ethanol to Gasoline on Laminar Flame Speed (LFS), Autoignition, and Wall Quenching


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:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Geophysics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Shawn Apostel
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Diane L Shoos
Dissertation title: An “Army of One” to “Army Strong”: Visual Media and U.S. Army Recruitment During Bush’s “War on Terror”

Dulcinea Avouris
Master of Science in Geophysics
Co-Advisors: Gregory Phillip Waite and Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Triggering of Volcanic Activity by Large Earthquakes

Ted Champagne
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Brian D Barkdoll
Thesis title: Physical Modeling of Air Injection as a Scour Remediation Technique Near Gated Weir Stilling Basins

Ding Chu
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Miguel Levy
Thesis title: Optical Hysteresis of Ridge Waveguide Magnetic Garnet Films and Cavities in Two-Dimensional Magneto-Photonic Crystal Slabs

Kyle Forgette
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Casey J Huckins and David James Flaspohler
Thesis title: The Relationship between Instream Habitat Characteristics, Emergent Insects, and Riparian Bird Communities

Patcharapol Gorgitrattanagul
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Amitabh Narain
Thesis title: The Length of the Annular Regime for Condensing Flows Inside a Horizontal Channel – The Experimental Determination of its Values and its Trends

Rohan Gumaste
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Amitabh Narain
Thesis title: Computational Simulations of Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage Systems – with Innovative and First-Principles Based Simulation for the Underlying Unsteady Melting (and Solidification) Process

Mickey Jarvi
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew J Burton
Thesis title: The Effects of a Changing Climate on Root Respiration of Woody Plants in Sugar Maple Forests and Northern Peatlands

Jordan Klinger
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Production of Biofuel Intermediates from Woody Feedstocks via Fast Pyrolysis and Torrefaction

Jolanta Len
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Robert Edgar Froese and Eric Agestam
Thesis title: The Growth Response of Planted Red Pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) to Alternative Thinning Regimes

Mohsen Pourkhaatoun
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Seyed Alireza Zekavat
Dissertation title: High Precision Range Estimation Techniques for Multi-Path Wireless Environments

Oskar Reynisson
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Bruce Mork and Jeffrey B Burl
Thesis title: Development and Simulation of DSP Filters for Transformer Differential Protection

Padmanaban Sasthan Kuttipillai
Master of Science in Chemistry
Co-Advisors: Bahne C Cornilsen and Tony Neal Rogers
Thesis title: Performance Evaluation of a Novel Asymmetric Capacitor Using a Light-Weight, Carbon Foam Supported Nickel Electrode

Ganesh Sukumar
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Song-Lin Yang
Thesis title: Implementation of Monotonic Higher Order Upwind Scheme in KIVA 4

Jennifer Witting
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Jason Robert Carter and John James Durocher
Thesis title: The Effects of Fixed Night Shift Work on 24 Hour Blood Pressure Regulation, State Anxiety Levels and Total Sleep Time


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


New theses and dissertations available

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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics


Christopher DeDene
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Thesis title: Investigation of Using Waste Engine Oil Blended with Reclaimed Asphalt Materials to Improve Pavement Recyclability

Kyle Earnshaw
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: The Effects of Soil Moisture, Field-Scale Toposequential Position, and Slope on Yields in Irrigated Upland Rice Fields in Flores, Comayagua, Honduras

Michael Hochscheidt
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Stanley J Vitton
Thesis title: Cut Slope Design for the Access to an Underground Copper Mine

Nicholas Johnson
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Paul George Sanders
Thesis title: Processing and Mechanical Properties of Cast Aluminum Containing Scandium, Zirconium, and Ytterbium

Abdul Koroma
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Ralph J Hodek
Dissertation title: An Evaluation of the Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Pavement Sections Containing Open-Graded Base Courses

Chee Huei Lee
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization, Functionalization, and Potential Applications

Tyler LeRoy
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jason R Blough
Thesis title: Muffler Characterization with Implementation of the Finite Element Method and Experimental Techniques

Aashish Poudel
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Daniel Robert Fuhrmann
Thesis title: Adaptive Sensing for Target Tracking Applications

Wen Nee Yeo
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Tony Neal Rogers and Bahne C Cornilsen
Dissertation title: Development and Testing of an Asymmetric Capacitor with a Nickel-Carbon Foam Positive Electrode


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
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Ellis Adams
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
Thesis title: Nongovernmental Organization Staff Views of Global Water Privatization

Neelima Addanki
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Ossama Omar Abdelkhalik
Thesis title: Orbits Design for LEO Space Based Solar Power Satellite System

Aljaste Arvo
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Rodney A Chimner and Eric Agestam
Thesis title: Warming Alters Photosynthetic Rates of Sub-Boreal Peatland Vegetation

Benjamin Betterly
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor: John Andrew Vucetich
Thesis title: Compensatory Growth in Moose and its Relationship to Sex, Longevity, Intraspecific Competition, and Senescence

Nawaf Blaisi
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Christopher L Wojick
Thesis title: Life Cycle Assessment of Trayless Dining

Suresh Bommineni
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Joseph H Holles
Thesis title: Characterizations of Partially Reduced Polyoxometalate Catalysts Using Ammonia Adsorption Microcalorimetry and Methanol Oxidation Studies

Kyle Brill
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Gregory Phillip Waite
Thesis title: Characterization of Harmonic Tremor at Santiaguito Volcano and its Implications for Eruption Mechanisms

Darrell Cass
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Amlan Mukherjee
Thesis title: Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Highway Construction and Rehabilitation to Support Pavement LifeCycle Assessment

Justin Clark
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Paul George Sanders
Thesis title: High Temperature, Low Cycle Fatigue of a Hybrid Particulate/Fiber Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composite

Jason Flietstra
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: Creep and Shrinkage Behavior of Ultra High Performance Concrete Under Compressive Loading with Varying Curing Regimes

Valoree Gagnon
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Carol A MacLennan
Thesis title: Fish Contaminants through the Tribal Perspective: An Ethnography of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Fish Harvest

Pubodee Ratana-arsanarom
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Yun Hang Hu
Thesis title: Structure and Properties of Graphene Nano Disks (GND)With and Without Edge-Dopants

Brandon Swartz
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Gary A Campbell
Thesis title: The Afghanistan Connection: Heroin Production, Distribution, and Consumption


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:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Amalia Anderson
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Alexander B Kostinski
Dissertation title: Development of Record-Breaking Statistics for Climatological Time-Series Analysis

David Clark
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Vladimir Tonchev
Dissertation title: Applications of Finite Geometries to Designs and Codes

Roxane Gay
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: M Ann Brady
Dissertation title: Subverting the Subject Position: Toward a New Discourse about Students as Writers and Engineering Students as Technical Communicators

Jorge Kurita Nagasawa
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Amitabh Narain
Dissertation title: Experimental Results on Gravity Driven Fully Condensing Flows in Vertical Tubes, their Agreement with Theory, and their Differences with Shear Driven Flows’ Boundary-Condition Sensitivities

Jiang Lu
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Raymond A Shaw
Dissertation title: Dynamics of Settling Charged Particles in Turbulence: Theory and Experiments

Adan Niu
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Qiuying Sha
Dissertation title: Statistical Methods for Identifying Gene-Gene Interactions

Archana Pandey
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: PMMA-CNT Matrices for Vacuum Electronic, Biosensing and Energy Applications

Abhishek Prasad
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: Functional ZnO Nanostructures for Electronic and Energy Applications

Xiang Zhang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Shiyue Fang
Dissertation title: Synthesis of Chiral Ferrosalen Ligands and their Applications in Asymmetric Catalysis


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