Category: Theses and Dissertations

Dissertation, thesis, and report posts

Summer Seminar Series Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its Summer 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series.  Both seminars will be available on campus and online – streaming live and taped for viewing later.  Join us for one or both seminars, designed to help writers of dissertations, theses, and reports and the staff who assist them.

  • June 18 | An Office Full of Tips | 11am -noon
    Learn how to use Microsoft Office to automate many of the common tasks a writer must do, such as caption figures and tables, format text consistently and place page numbers correctly. Debra Charlesworth, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will show you tips and tricks that will help you focus on your writing instead of your formatting.
  • July 24 | Copyright for Your Thesis or Dissertation | 11am -noon
    Who holds the copyright on your thesis?  Can you put part of journal article in your dissertation?  What if you wrote the article?  Nora Allred, Copyright Librarian from the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library will present the basics of U.S. Copyright and discuss the role it plays in writing and publishing a thesis or dissertation.

Please register online to attend either or both seminars on campus or online.  Once you register, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with the location or technical information needed to view the streaming video.

Past seminars offered by the Graduate School, as well as a calendar of our coming events can be found in our Seminar Archive.

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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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Intellectual Property Program for Graduate Students

Is it original? Copyright & Patents for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Is It Original? Copyright and Patents for Graduate Students, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Program Basics:

This program offers busy graduate students a unique opportunity to build an understanding of intellectual property that will complement their studies, research, and instructional goals. Students can:

  • Participate in a non-credit (no-cost), five-week program (July 18 – August 15)  that is guided by Michigan Tech copyright and patent experts.
  • Learn with peers in online environments, during Monday/Thursday weekly meetings with campus experts and guest speakers to develop a broad understanding of copyright and patent fundamentals in the context of academic research and publishing.
  • Engage in guided team activities to analyze IP case scenarios relevant to graduate studies and to share your informed analysis with others.

Program Benefits:

Students will gain a competitive edge for their graduate studies and with future employers. They will explore the beneficial balance of IP law that supports the continuous advancement of knowledge by protecting, rewarding, and encouraging originality in STEM research. On successful program completion, they will receive a certificate of training in intellectual property. We’ve worked on this program for several terms taking into account feedback from graduate student attendees.

To enroll, please register online.

An orientation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 in the library.

For further information and any questions, please contact Jean DeClerck (jsdecler@mtu.edu).

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Nominations Open for the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are closed for this year’s competition.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, July 1, 2013, following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. biological and life sciences (more details)
    Including:  biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; agriculture, forestry, and related fields.
  2. humanities/fine arts (more details)
    Including: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013, are eligible.   Next year, the 2014 competition will accept nominations in the fields of social sciences and mathematics/physical sciences/engineering for students who have graduated between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

Please direct your questions to Debra Charlesworth, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School.

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Are You Cited? Find Out With Library’s New Citation Searching Guide

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is pleased to offer a new guide to citation searching, which can be found online. This guide, created specifically for faculty and graduate students at Michigan Tech, contains helpful information for researchers in all academic disciplines.

Save yourself hours of searching time by using the guide to learn how to:

  • Determine if and where your publications have been cited
  • Discover works related to other authors, articles, or topics
  • Assess the relative quality or merit of a publication

If you have a suggestion for a database or other resource that should be added to the guide, please send an e-mail to reflib@mtu.edu or submit your suggestion using the link on the front page of the guide.

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Evan Anderson represents Michigan Tech in Distinguished Thesis Competition

Evan Anderson, Michigan Tech’s MAGS nominee
The Graduate School is pleased to announce that Evan Anderson is Michigan Tech’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award.  Mr. Anderson was nominated by his advisor, Dr. Blair Orr of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.  His thesis, “The Impact of Balsamo (Myroxylon Balsamum L. Harms) on Coffee Yield and Household Income in El Balsamar, El Salvador,” investigated sustainable coffee production in El Balsamar.  His work was conducted during his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and was developed in response to local community needs.  The thesis integrated the biological, social, and economic role of the tree in the community.  Evan is currently an urban forester with Davey Tree in San Francisco, California.

Three other graduate students were also nominated for consideration.  Jean DeClerck was nominated by her advisors, Dr. M. Ann Brady and Dr. Wendy Anderson of Humanities, and committee member Dr. Victoria Bergvall of Humanities.  Nathan Kelley-Hoskins was nominated by his advisor, Dr. Petra Hüntemeyer of Physics.  Andrew Orthober was nominated by his advisor, Dr. Carol MacLennan of Social Sciences.  All of the nominations were noteworthy for their scholarship, and the evaluation panel had a difficult task in selecting one nominee to represent Michigan Tech.

The Dean’s Advisory Panel, representing each college or school at Michigan Tech, evaluated the nominees.  The faculty on this panel represent a broad range of graduate programs:  J. Gierke (Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences), S. Martin (Social Sciences), D. Flaspohler (School of Forestry Resources & Environmental Science), X. Wang (School of Technology) and G. Campbell (School of Business and Economics).  Next year’s competition will consider applicants who have completed their degrees between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.  An application consists of an abstract of the thesis, recommendation letter from the advisor, and an electronic copy of the thesis.  Please consider nominating your master’s students next year.

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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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