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Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Fall 2015 Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of Finishing Fellowships for doctoral candidates. Fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees.

(listed by nominating department)

Fall 2015 Recipients

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Thansuan-Kejkaew

Kejkaew Thanasuan, PhD Candidate

Atmospheric Sciences
Joseph Niehaus

Joseph Niehaus,PhD Candidate

Noopur Sharma, PhD Candidate

Chemical Engineering
Yang_Zhang

Yang Zhang, PhD Candidate

Civil Engineering
Mohd_Rosli

Mohd Rosli Mohd Hasan, PhD Candidate

Computer Engineering
Lengfei-Han

Lengfei Han, PhD Candidate

Environmental Engineering
Peifu Cheng, PhD Candidate

Materials Science and Engineering
Yuan-Yifei
Yifei Yuan, PhD Candidate

Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Hasti Asayesh Ardakani, PhD Candidate
Benjamin Savonen, PhD Candidate

Engineering Physics
Boyi-Hao
Boyi Hao, PhD Candidate

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Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Energy

Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physical Sciences, Cyber/Computer Security, Information/Systems Technology or related technology degrees.

Application closes Sunday, September 22 2013, midnight EST – visit http://see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10417 or see.orau.org and search for CBFO to get started NOW!

Opportunity in Carlsbad, New Mexico for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in October or November 2013 to conduct mission-oriented research in DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office.  Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy technology research and development.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens – no exceptions.

Strong analytical, research and communication skills are required.  Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided.

For more information, e-mail cbfo.fellowship@orise.orau.gov.

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New Dissertations Available in Library

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Theses Available in Library

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

  • Applied Ecology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New theses and dissertations available in the Library

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New 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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Graduate Student’s Testimonial Stands Out

When YouTube reached out to users recently asking them to share which of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words they found most memorable, graduate student Justin Ayers felt compelled to answer that call. “I remember reading King’s speech, “Loving Your Enemies,” in high school and I really enjoyed it,” says Ayers, who is pursuing his master’s in computer engineering. “I wanted to revisit the speech that I had found so inspirational, and this seemed like an awesome way to respond.” So awesome, in fact, that the video Ayers created was featured on YouTube’s homepage Monday–MLK Day–for thousands to see.

See for yourself–check out the YouTube video and get inspired .

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Board of Control Approves Nine New Degrees

Published in Tech Today
By Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Nine new degree programs–most of them in computer engineering and business–were approved last Friday at the Board of Control meeting.

The board’s action included final approval for a Master of Science and a PhD in Computer Engineering, which were initially approved at the Board’s March meeting and sent to the State Academic Affairs Office for review and endorsement. Computer engineering is a hybrid discipline born of computer science and electrical engineering.

One of the seven new degree program proposals approved to advance to the State Academic Affairs Office is a Master of Science and PhD in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors.

Applied cognitive science applies the principles of cognitive psychology to develop practical solutions for real-world problems such as effective teaching methods.

Human factors is a multi-disciplinary science within the framework of cognitive science that focuses on human needs in the design of products, work processes and technological systems. It is an emerging discipline critical to technological advancement.

The six remaining new degree proposals are all for bachelor of science degrees with majors in various business disciplines, including accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and operations and systems management.

The new BS degrees replace the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with concentrations in specialty areas, which the School of Business and Economics now offers. The BS adds recognition to the degree and should help increase the job placement rates at graduation.

“These new degree programs will enable Michigan Tech to remain ahead of the curve–academically and in terms of preparing students for a changing job market,” said President Glenn Mroz.

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