Tag: Applied Natural Resource Economics

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 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

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Students take first-place in New Venture Competition

Baisikeli Ugunduzi
Wade Aitken-Palmer (far left) and Ben Mitchell (second from right) show their winnings at the New Venture Competition.

Some ideas just stick in your mind. At the Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition last November, Ben Mitchell presented his idea for fixing bicycle tires in Africa, so villagers could make a living. It was simple and meaningful, and we were floored. Six months later, so was everyone else.

He and Wade Aitken-Palmer took first-place in the New Venture Competition held recently at Central Michigan University. Their idea, called Baisikeli Ugunduzi (Swahili for “modern bicycle”), captured $30,000 for first prize and another $10,000 for Best Social Venture, for sustainability and social impact, among other reasons. Their invention is a tube that eliminates flat tires.

Mitchell, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, and Aitken-Palmer, a student in the Applied Natural Resource Economics Peace Corps Master’s International program, have been working on the business idea since last year, and Mitchell said the inspiration began with his stint in the Peace Corps a couple of years before that. Thanks to the big win, he is planning a trip to Kenya in May to begin with more market testing.

“We are working with bicycle taxi drivers, who can go through many tubes in a month,” Mitchell said. “The tubes will have to be produced in Taiwan, as there are no production facilities in Kenya.” Assembling will take place in Africa, however, and that will create some jobs. “Our first hire will be a mechanic,” he said. “And he could do some modifications as well.”

When they began, Mitchell said he had some catching up to do on the business side of things, but they did have a more thought-out design and a more developed prototype than most, thanks to their engineering backgrounds. And he has high hopes for the future. “Some 50 million sub-Saharan Africans depend on bicycles,” he said. “As our mission says, we work with mechanics and bicycle taxi unions to design, produce and distribute products that add value to working bicycles and improve the livelihoods of bicycle taxi drivers, messengers and those who earn a living on their bicycles.”

Mitchell also pointed out Central Michigan’s role in hosting the event. “They did a tremendous job coordinating the whole event, with all the judges and student teams,” he said. “It was very well orchestrated.” Central has also invited Baisikeli Ugunduzi back to talk about how it all develops in the future.

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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
  • 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

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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 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

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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 Natural Resource Economics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Callie Bertsch
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: An Ethnobotanical Survey of the Economic and Cultural Significance of Non-Timber Forest Products in the Southwest Rhodope Mountain Region of Bulgaria

Marcella Campione
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Linda Marie Nagel
Thesis title: The Effects of Forest Management and Time on Herbaceous Species Dynamics in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Paige Cox
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Victor B Busov and Hannele Tuominen
Thesis title: Characterisation of the Metacaspase Gene Family in Arabidopsis thaliana

Randall Fish
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: John S Gierke
Thesis title: Using Water Balance Models to Approximate the Effects of Climate Change on Spring Catchment Discharge: Mt. Hanang, Tanzania

David Kamin
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Co-Advisors: Melissa Sue Keranen and Sibel Ozkan
Thesis title: The Hamilton-Waterloo Problem with Triangle and C9 Factors

Petri Latva-Kayra
Master of Science in Forestry
Co-Advisors: Michael J Falkowski and Markus Holopainen
Thesis title: Estimation of Scots Pine Defoliation by the Common Pine Sawfly (Diprion pini L.) Using Multi-Temporal Radar Data

Fangming Liu
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: William S Breffle
Thesis title: The Public Preferences of the Great Lakes Environment: A Lake Michigan Pilot Study

Kevin Mears
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Devin K Harris
Thesis title: Structural Capacity of Steel Tubular Cast-in-Place Piling

Nils Stenvig
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Bruce Mork
Thesis title: Time Domain Modeling of High-Frequency Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Overhead Wires, and Earth

Diego Villegas-Bermudez
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue
Dissertation title: Biomechanics of Meniscal Horn Attachments

Thomas Vosecky
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Robert R Johnson
Dissertation title: Uncovering Poiesis: The Role of Production in Education, Work, and Public Life

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AACSB International Extends Accreditation for School of Business and Economics

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has extended the accreditation of the School of Business and Economics for five years.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. It has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools. Today, there are 620 business schools in 38 countries that maintain AACSB accreditation.

“I am very proud of our faculty and staff who continuously work hard to maintain this distinct level of quality in business education,” said Dean Darrell Radson (School of Business and Economics). “This accomplishment confirms our initiatives designed to meet the needs of business as we educate our students to be leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management to impact our nation and the global economy.”

The School of Business and Economics first received AACSB accreditation in 2001 and recently completed its second rigorous internal review and evaluation process. AACSB accreditation standards require a high-quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement and curricula responsive to the needs of businesses.

“This accreditation extension affirms the high regard that academic leaders have for Michigan Tech,” said President Glenn Mroz. “The School of Business and Economics has worked hard to achieve this level of quality instruction, scholarship and research.”

AACSB International, founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries and territories. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Fla., and its Asia headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu .

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New theses and dissertations in Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations from the following programs:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geology
  • Mineral Economics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library.

Edward Anino
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-advisors: Chung-Jui Tsai and Scott A Harding
Dissertation title: Characterization of Populus tremuloides Caffeic Acid O-methyltransferase and 4-Coumarate:CoA Ligase Gene Promoters to Identify Regulatory Elements

Steven Bailey
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor:Nancy M Grimm
Dissertation title: Writing Center Handbooks and Travel Guidebooks: Redesigning Instructional Texts for Multicultural, Multilingual, and Multinational Contexts

Sigridur Bjarnadottir
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor:Yue Li
Thesis title: An Evaluation of the Impacts of Climate Change on Hurricane Damage Risks and Adaptation Strategies

Han-Yi Chen
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-advisors: Chung-Jui Tsai and Scott A Harding
Thesis title: Characterization of Two Distinct 4-coumarate:CoA ligase(4CL) Genes in Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

Marika Dalton
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor:Iain Matthew Watson
Dissertation title: Understanding Volcanic Processes Using UV Camera Measurements of Sulfur Dioxide and Coincident Infrasound and Seismicity

Ganbaatar Davaadorj
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Co-advisors: Mark C Roberts and Gary A Campbell
Thesis title: Long-Term Copper Price and Valuation of a Mining Project with Real Options

Steven Johnson
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor:Pushpalatha P N Murthy
Dissertation title: Heterologous Expression of Alkaline Phytase from Lily Pollen in Bacteria and Yeast

Xiaoxue Liu
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor:Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Are Gold and Oil Prices Reliable Leading Indicators of US Inflation?

Stephen Lyke
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor:Michael C Roggemann
Dissertation title: Statistics of the Received Power for Free Space Optical Channels

Emily McCarthy
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor:Iain Matthew Watson
Dissertation title: Quantification of Volcanogenic Water Vapor Using the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)

Matthew Metz
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor:John Andrew Vucetich
Thesis title: Seasonal Patterns in Foraging and Predation of Gray Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

Andrea Munoz Hernandez
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Advisor:Alex S Mayer
Dissertation title: Integrated Hydrologic-Economic-Institutional Water Model for the Rio Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico

Kristopher Nitz
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor:Casey J Huckins
Thesis title: Environmental Factors Related to Adfluvial Migration by Coaster Brook Trout in the Salmon Trout River in Northern Michigan

Soumyashree Sreehari
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor:Rudy L Luck
Dissertation title: Syntheses and Characterizations of Monomeric Mo(VI)Complexes with Bidentate Phosphine Oxide Ligands and Dimeric and Tetrameric Mo(V) Clusters with Benzoic Acid and Phosphinic Acid Derivatives

Daniel Sterk
Master of Science in Mineral Economics
Co-advisors: Gary A Campbell and Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Gold Price and the Future of the Homestake Mine

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New theses and dissertations in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the arrival of new theses and dissertations in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Stephanie Groves
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Susan T Bagley
Thesis title: Optimization of Ethanol Production by Yeasts from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Juan Morinelly
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Dilute Acid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass from Forest Resources: Kinetic Characterization of Xylose Monomer and Oligomer Concentrations and Reactor Performance Mathematical Modeling

Madhana Sunder
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Peter Dane Moran
Dissertation title: Growth of Heteroepitaxial Single Crystal Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate Thin Films on R-Plane Sapphire Substrates

Andrew Waisanen
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jason R Blough
Thesis title: The Application of Experimental Transfer Path Analysis to the Identification of Vehicle Sensitivity to Tire Cavity Resonance

Peipei Zhao
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Duration and Co-Movement Analysis of Energy Price Cycles

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