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Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Spring 2018 – Marine Foucher

Marine Foucher
Geophysics

Marine FoucherMy interested towards volcanoes, rocks, and natural phenomena led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Geosciences at Paris South XI University and, later, at a master’s level at New Mexico Highlands University. As part of my master’s degree I conducted research investigating fossil magma flow direction within an extinct volcano in New Mexico, to improve our understanding of volcanic eruptions. This research provided me with a fundamental understanding of the study of the Earth Magnetic field and the magnetic properties of rocks. The skills I acquired during my master’s degree provided a solid basis for the work I have undertaken as part of my PhD at Michigan Tech.

I joined Dr Smirnov’s research group at Michigan Tech as a PhD student in Geophysics in August 2013. My primary research project involves the study of variations in the Earth magnetic field. Specifically, I investigate the strength and direction recorded in 1.1 billion year old rocks located in Baraga and Marquette counties. One of the goals of my research is to constrain the (currently unknown) age of the planet’s inner core.

During my time at Michigan Tech, I also had the opportunity to organize, and take part in, multiple fieldwork collection campaigns. These expeditions included the Keweenaw Peninsula and Baraga-Marquette counties (Michigan), Ontario (Canada), and several provinces in China. In addition to my research duties I have been involved with several outreach and peer-mentoring programs. As part of these activities I have had the opportunity to work with people from a variety of educational backgrounds (e.g. people of the community, teachers, and professional geologists).

I am very grateful to have been awarded the finishing fellowship from the Graduate School. Thanks to this financial support, I have been able to concentrate my efforts towards finalizing my dissertation and preparing the research I conducted at Michigan Tech for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Spring 2018 Finishing Fellowship 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)

Spring 2018 Recipients

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jeffrey Kiiskila

Biological Sciences
Andrew Chapp

Chemistry
Gemechis Dereje Degaga
Ashok Khanal
Shanshan Hou

Computer Science
Gorkem Asilioglu
Zhaoxiang Jin

Electrical Engineering
Aref Majdara
Husam Sweidan
Chaofeng Wang

Forest Science
John Henderson

Geophysics
Marine Foucher

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Kishan Bellur
Meng Tang
Le Zhao
Xiucheng Zhu
Saeedeh Ziaeefard

Physics

Meghnath Jaishi
Dolendra Karki
Mingxiao Ye

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Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship Spring 2017

Recipients—Spring 2017

  • Yunana Ahmed (Rhetoric, Theory and Culture PhD)
  • Samer A. Alokaily (Mathematical Sciences PhD)
  • Shiva S. Bhandari (Physics PhD)
  • Sachin M. Bhosle (Mechanical Engineering PhD)
  • Nicholas W. Bolton (Forest Science PhD)
  • Kyle A.  Brill (Geophysics PhD)
  • Natasha I. Chopp (Data Science MS)
  • Mustafa Gezek (Mathematical Sciences PhD)
  • Pei Hou (Atmospheric Sciences PhD)
  • Caoyang Jiang (Electrical Engineering PhD)
  • Yiping Mao (Biological Sciences PhD)
  • Chelsea J. Nikula (Chemistry PhD)
  • Zichen Qian (Biomedical Sciences PhD)
  • Amir Rezaei (Electrical Engineering PhD)
  • Abbey J. Senczyszyn (Master of Business Administration)
  • Ali Solouk (Mechanical Engineering PhD)
  • Shuo Wang (Mechanical Engineering PhD)
  • Dong Xia (Accounting MS)
  • Wentao Yao (Mechanical Engineering PhD)

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Doctoral Finishing Fellowships Fall 2016 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 2016 Recipients

Electrical Engineering
Arash Hosseinzadeh
Seyedmehdi Sadatgoltabarestani

Engineering Physics
Bishnu Tiwari

Geological Engineering
Jordan Mertes

Geophysics
Federica Lanza

Materials Science and Engineering
Cameron McNamara
Shan Zhao

Physics
Hugo Alberto Ayala Solares
Gaoxue Wang

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture
Lindsay Hingst

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New Dissertations in the Library

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Geoscientists Without Borders accepting applications

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) announces grant application for the Geoscientists Without Borders (GWB) (www.seg.org/gwb) humanitarian program.

Apply online before the grant application deadline of Sep 30, 2013 .

Funding: up to $50,000/year, two years max.

Criteria:  applied geosciences technology, student involvement, humanitarian benefit.

For more information and an overview of the application , click here.

Bernadette Ward
bward@seg.org
SEG Foundation

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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
  • 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

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2013-2014 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2013, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2013.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 13 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 13” announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Huntoon Named to AGI Executive Committee

Jackie Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education, has been named to the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) executive committee.

Huntoon joins new members Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr., state geologist of Alabama and director of the geological survey of Alabama; and Dorian Kuper, cofounder and president of Kuper Consulting LLC. The new members of the AGI Executive Committee will be installed at the Friends of AGI Reception during the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to AGI, Huntoon, “through her work as dean and at numerous geoscience societies and agencies, has helped increase diversity and strengthen the geosciences as a whole.”

Founded in 1948, the American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists.

Published in Tech Today

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