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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:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Alejandro Avendano Cecena
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Bruce Mork
Dissertation title: Transformer Modeling in ATP: Internal Faults & High-Frequency Discretization

Renee Blackburn
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Preserving and Interpreting the Mining Company Office: Landscape, Space and Technological Change in the Management of the Copper Industry

Matthew Chye
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Tony Neal Rogers
Dissertation title: Development and Characterization of a Rechargeable Carbon Foam Electrode Containing Nickel Oxyhydroxide Active Mass

Darrin Evans
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: Determining Bridge Deck Deterioration Through the Use of3D Photogrammetry

Rasika Kishor Gawde
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Modeling Particulate Organic Matter Diagenesis withSED2K

Lisa Gillis
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Samuel R Sweitz
Thesis title: Lighthouses as an Overlapping Boundary Between Maritime and Terrestrial Landscapes: How Lighthouses Served to Connect the Growing Industries of the Keweenaw Peninsula with the World Market

Nayyer Islam
Master of Science in Geological Engineering
Advisor: Wayne D Pennington
Thesis title: Sonic Log Prediction in Carbonates

Rajni Kalavendi
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Sarah A Green
Thesis title: Metal Accumulation in the Flora of Houghton County

Paul Koning
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: A Comparative Study of Anchorage Strengths of Epoxy Coated Hooked Bars

Melanie Laffin
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Co-Advisors: Melissa Sue Keranen and Sibel Ozkan
Thesis title: Fixed Block Configuration GDDs with Block Size 6and (3,r)-Regular Graphs

Nicole McMahon
Master of Science in Geophysics
Advisor: Gregory Phillip Waite
Thesis title: Automation of Shear-Wave Splitting Parameter Determination of Local Earthquakes at Yellowstone: Application as Indicator of Crustal Stress and Temporal Variation

Margus Paesalu
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Thomas Grant Pypker and Eric Agestam
Thesis title: Tracing the Source of Groundwater for Three Different Coastal Peatlands Along Lake Superior

Anand Puranik
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Dissertation title: Dynamic Modeling, Simulation and Control Design of a Parafoil-Payload System for Ship Launched Aerial Delivery System (SLADS)

Scott Robinson
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Martin F Jurgensen
Thesis title: Assessing Visual Disturbance Conditions on the Custer National Forest

Jesse Silverman
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: William I Rose
Thesis title: “The Need Obliged Us”: Culture as Capacity During the Hurricane Stan Emergency Response. A Case Study from Tectitan, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Helen Thomas
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Co-Advisors: Iain Matthew Watson and Simon Anthony Carn
Dissertation title: Observations of Volcanic Emissions Using Satellite Remote Sensing

Samantha Wojda
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Seth W Donahue
Thesis title: The Effects of Hibernation on Bone in Yellow-Bellied Marmots

Industrial Archaeology Program Cosponsors Events

The Industrial Archaeology Program, of the Department of Social Sciences, is cosponsoring events that are part of the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association’s annual meeting this weekend, July 23 and 24.

Associate Professors Tim Scarlett and Susan Martin (both of SS), with Red Jacket Trolley’s Wil Shapton, will be leading a guided trolley tour centering on copper mining in Isle Royale and in the Keweenaw. The trip will run from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 24, starting at Calumet and then moving on to the Cliff Mine. The cost is $10; space is limited and advance registration is required.

Other events include a stereoscopic tour of Lake Superior, Isle Royale, and the Keweenaw in the 1860s and early 1900s, and a book signing. For more information on these events, visit parks.

For more information call 482-3627 or email irkpa@irkpa.org.

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NSF Docotral Dissertation Grants in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

NSF is soliciting applications for the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) program. An estimated 200-300 grants will be awarded from a pool of approximately $2.5 million available annually across all programs. Grants are awarded to “doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student’s university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible.”  According to the notice, “the proposal must be submitted by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of the graduate student who is at the point of initiating or already conducting dissertation research.” Among the programs that support dissertation research are:  archaeology, cultural anthropology, documenting endangered languages, economics, political science, and sociology.  For a full list of eligible fields, as well as detailed information on application deadlines, please see the solicitation at:  nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11547.

New Theses and Dissertations Available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the following programs have new theses and dissertations available in the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Atakan Altinkaynak
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Mahesh Gupta
Dissertation title: Three Dimensional Finite Element Simulation of Polymer Melting and Flow in a Single-Screw Extruder: Optimization of Screw Channel Geometry

John Asplund
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Melissa Sue Keranen
Thesis title: Edge Coloring BIBDs and Constructing MOELRs

Rachel Bradford
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Seth W Donahue
Dissertation title: Exploration of the Role of Serum Factors in Maintaining Bone Mass During Hibernation in Back Bears

Timothy Colling
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: William James Sproule
Dissertation title: Assessing the Impact of Local Agency Traffic Safety Training Using Ethnographic Techniques

Jill Hodges
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Marilyn M Cooper
Dissertation title: Being-In-Relation-To: Personal Writing in Nontraditional Scholarship

Megan Killian
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue
Dissertation title: The Influence of Traumatic Impaction and Pathological Loading on Knee Menisci

Rajalakshmi Krishna
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Peter Dane Moran
Dissertation title: Analysis of Transport Properties of Mechanically Alloyed Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Te

Aaron LaLonde
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Peter Dane Moran
Dissertation title: Processing and Characterization of PbSnTe-based Thermoelectric Materials Made by Mechanical Alloying

Agustin Robles Morua
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Co-Advisors: Alex S Mayer and Kathleen E Halvorsen
Dissertation title: Integrated Water and Sanitation Risk Assessment and Modeling in the Upper Sonora River Basin(Northwest, Mexico)

Mark Rowe
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Judith A Perlinger
Dissertation title: Development of Measurement and Modeling Techniques to Quantify Atmospheric Deposition of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals in the Great Lakes

Craig Wilson
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Larry D Lankton
Thesis title: From Ruin to Museum: Preserving and Interpreting the Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad Engine House

Zijun Xu
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Ramakrishna Wusirika
Dissertation title: Gene Regulation and Evolution Mediated by Retrotransposons Associated with Rice Genes

Rewarding Those Who Have Served the US

Michigan Tech has instituted a new fellowship program for graduate students who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the military.

In its first semester of operation, the National Service Graduate Fellowship covers as much as 30 percent of tuition, but its benefits extend beyond financial assistance.

“Through this program, we are getting more nontraditional students to campus who bring a different perspective to the classroom,” said Professor Blair Orr (SFRES). “They have a lot to contribute from their experiences.”

Orr is in charge of Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International program, one of the three programs involved in the initiative.

Lt. Col. Kerry Beaghan, of the Air Force ROTC program, agrees that the type of student the program attracts is “very atypical.”

“They’re older military personnel, who maybe tried college earlier in their lives,” she says. “Or they might have enlisted right out of high school, and now they are interested in an education and must juggle family and school and financing. This program helps them.”

For the military personnel, the new post-911 GI Bill includes a housing allowance at some schools and, depending on the level of the service, their spouses or children might also benefit from the tuition reduction, Beaghan says.

In the planning for the military component of the fellowship, Beaghan credits Dallas Eubanks, former head of Michigan Tech’s Army ROTC, for his help in crafting this new program.

“We had to decide whom do we include and what to include,” she says.

Natiffany Mathews, a master’s student in industrial archaeology, did her AmeriCorps service on the New Mexico/Texas border, in poor school districts, and she chose Michigan Tech because of the fellowship and the opportunity to teach and do research.

“It’s been a different type of experience–awesome–especially the teaching,” she says. “With college courses, we are constantly changing things up. It’s very dynamic.”

Overall, the fellowship was paramount for her. “I don’t think I could have come here without it,” she says. “We needed the extra funding, and my husband was having trouble finding work here. We had expenses moving here, too.”

She had visited the area previously and fell in love with the people, especially Associate Professor Tim Scarlett (Social Sciences), and the industrial archaeology program. Another draw: Tech treated her in a fair and timely manner. “Another school never returned my phone calls and was always slow responding to emails.”

Jacque Smith, director of marketing for the Graduate School, says the fellowship fills a gap. “Graduate students in programs that focus primarily on career preparation, instead of research, often have to fund more of their education themselves. As the costs keep increasing, it can become harder for these students to attend grad school.”

Mariah Maggio, who was in Peace Corps Masters International Program and is a recipient of a fellowship, didn’t have any viable options to return to graduate school two years after her volunteer service in the Philippines ended.

“With the limited financial resources resulting from life as a Peace Corps volunteer, followed by work with a grassroots international organization, the fellowship was a decisive factor in my being able to enroll in Tech’s environmental policy master’s program,” she explains.

Maggio is thankful that the fellowship recognizes her service. As well, she adds, being a returned Peace Corps volunteer on the campus is a very rich experience because of the community and camaraderie that exist among those who have volunteered.

“You can not only reflect on your experience with fellow returned volunteers, but you also engage with prospective volunteers and really build on the work the Peace Corps is doing,” she says.

“We are fortunate that Tech recognizes returned Peace Corps volunteers as eligible candidates for the fellowship,” she adds. “To be valued after volunteering in such a way that supports returning to graduate school is an amazing initiative of this University and reinforces the ideal that Michigan Tech is playing an important role in fostering leaders for a global future.”

Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School, says the fellowship helps the University achieve its strategic plan, which includes an effort to attract students who bring diverse perspectives to the campus and the program.

“They demonstrate to others the opportunities for providing service to their communities, the nation and the world,” she concludes.

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

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A Christmas Carol at the Calumet Theatre

A ballet/dance performance of  “A Christmas Carol,” featuring a cast of many Tech students, will be at the Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4.

Donna Armistead, of International Programs and Services, is the choreographer.

These students will perform:

  • Paige Borel (Business Management)
  • Allison Strome (Business Management)
  • Jared Berryman (Exercise Science)
  • Josh Stuempges (Chemical Engineering)
  • Joseph Massoglia (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Cassi Warsinski (Biomedical Engineering)

Scrooge will be played by John Griebel ’09 (MS, Industrial Archaeology).

As well, the dance will feature children of faculty and staff.

Expedition Grants

The Expeditions Council consists of representatives from National Geographic editorial divisions (magazines, television, books, and so on) who review and vote on grant applications and an advisory board of external consultants.

The Expeditions Council is editorially driven; projects must have the potential to yield compelling stories and images. Applications are also judged on the qualifications of applicants and their teams and on the merit and uniqueness of the project.

Major fields of study the Expeditions Council funds:
– Adventure
– Culture
– Mountains/Volcanoes
– Natural History and Conservation
– Underwater Exploration

In addition to financial support, the Expeditions Council offers its grantees the opportunity to work effectively with the National Geographic’s many divisions. Grantees are therefore able to share the results of their expeditions with National Geographic’s global audience.

International applicants are encouraged. However, submissions must be made in English if they are to receive timely consideration by the Expeditions Council.

Applicants are expected to have qualifications and experience pertinent to the expedition or project they propose, and advanced academic degrees are not required. Those planning work in countries other than their own should consider including at least one local collaborator as part of their expedition team.

Grant Amounts
Grants generally range from U.S. $5,000 to $35,000 and are to be used for direct field expenses: transportation, supplies, subsistence, and permit costs as well as other related fees (e.g., interpreters, guides, and porters).

The Expeditions Council does not provide fees for photography, videography, and writing. Such fees are negotiated separately with editorial units.

In order to generate the best story, coverage of the expedition may be assigned to National Geographic photographers, writers, and film crews.

Grant Requirements
Grant recipients must provide a full accounting of their expenditures on completion of the project. They are also required to submit a report summarizing their findings within two months of returning from the field.

National Geographic requires that grant recipients give right of first refusal for coverage to National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Television & Film, and all other publication and broadcast media of the National Geographic Society and its subsidiaries. This right specifically includes books, all other National Geographic Society magazines, lectures, exhibits, our Web site and other electronic media, as well as publicity about the project.

Grant Restrictions
National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries. Funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publishing research results. Grant recipients are expected to provide the National Geographic Society with rights of first refusal for popular publication of their findings.

Obtaining a Grant
Applying for a grant from the Expeditions Council is a two-step process.

Step 1: Pre-Application
Before receiving an application form, each team leader must submit a pre-application form online. There are a few things you should know before doing so:

  • The pre-application form can be completed in multiple sessions. You will be allowed to save your work and complete it at another time.
  • You will be asked to upload an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) while completing the form. Instructions will be provided.
  • Please make sure that your browser is configured to receive cookies.
  • This system works best on Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6.0 or higher.
  • If you have any questions about the online pre-application form, Please email ecouncil@ngs.org.
  • The Expeditions Council accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least six months before anticipated project dates.

Within eight weeks, the team leader will receive a decision. If the pre-application is approved, the council will send the team leader an email with a link to the full application online.

Fill out pre-application.

Step 2: Application
After receiving an application, the team leader must complete and submit their application online. There are a few things he or she should know before doing so:

  • The Expeditions Council accepts applications throughout the year. However, please allow six months from the receipt of your application for the Expeditions Council to formally review and consider it.
  • Previous National Geographic Society grantees must first comply with all prior reporting and financial-accounting obligations before submitting applications for additional support.
  • We strongly encourage electronic submission of all documents. If this is not possible, please submit your information to the following address:

Expeditions Council
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Humanistic Fellowships

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) awards approximately six Resident Scholar Fellowships each year to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply.

SAR provides Resident Scholars with low-cost housing and office space on campus, a stipend up to $40,000, library assistance, and other benefits during a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31. A six-month fellowship is also available for a female scholar from a developing nation, whose research promotes women’s empowerment. SAR Press may consider books written by resident scholars for publication in its Resident Scholar Series.

Six types of fellowships are available:

Weatherhead Fellowships

Up to two nine-month fellowships are available for either Ph.D. candidates or scholars with doctorates whose work is either humanistic or social scientific in nature.

Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship

One nine-month fellowship is available for a Native American PhD candidate or post-doctoral scholar working in either the humanities or the social sciences.

Henry Luce Fellowship

One nine-month fellowship is available for a postdoctoral Asian or American scholar whose research focuses on East Asia or Southeast Asia.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

One nine-month fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar whose project relates to the humanities.

Anne Ray Fellowship

One nine-month fellowship is available for an established Native American scholar, working in the humanities, arts, or social sciences, who has a commitment to providing mentorship to recent Native graduates or graduate students. In addition to working on their own research, the Anne Ray Resident Scholar serves as a mentor to two Native interns working at the Indian Arts Research Center.

Campbell Fellowship

One six-month fellowship is available for a female social scientist from a developing nation, either a PhD candidate or post-doctoral scholar, whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation.

In addition, SAR is interested in hosting exceptional scholars who have received funding through the following programs: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships, Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships, and Visiting Fulbright Scholar fellowships. Applicants to these non-SAR fellowship programs whose research is consistent with SAR’s mission may be able to join the School’s dynamic intellectual community for the duration of their fellowship. Interested scholars can contact SAR’s Resident Scholar Program for more information.

Please contact Jodi Lehman (jglehman@mtu.edu) if interested in applying for a fellowship position.

New Theses and Dissertations Available

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

  • Applied Ecology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geophysics
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Richard Basary
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen L Kampe
Thesis title: Metal Matrix Composites Using Coconut-Derived Carbon Reinforcement

Joshua Carlson
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Dissertation title: Surface Chemistry of Hematite Slurries

Shreehari Elangovan
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Dissertation title: Advanced Mechanics of Materials with Microstructure

Jemile Erdem
Master of Science in Geophysics
Advisor: Gregory Phillip Waite
Thesis title: Modeling Temporal Changes in Eruptive Behavior Using Coda Wave Interferometry and Seismo-Acoustic Observations at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

Geomy George
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jeffrey Donald Naber
Thesis title: A Study of the Ion Signal and Applications in Evaluating In-Cylinder Engine Parameters

Sean Gohman
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Patrick E Martin
Thesis title: A More Favorable Combination of Circumstances Could Hardly Have Been Desired: A Bottom to Top Examination of the Pittsburgh and Boston Mining Company’s Cliff Mine

Daniel Heidfeld
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Wayne W Weaver
Thesis title: Component-Level Dynamic Electrothermal Modeling of Power Electronics

Max Henschell
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: David James Flaspohler and Christopher Raymond Webster
Thesis title: Biomass and Birds: Effects of Potential Planted Grassland Biofuel Crops on Plant Productivity and the Grassland Avian Community in the Upper Midwest

Vinaykumar Konduru
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
Thesis title: Static and Dynamic Contact Angle Measurement on Rough Surfaces Using Sessile Drop Profile Analysis with Application to Water Management in Low Temperature Fuel Cells

Ezequiel Medici
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
Dissertation title: Water Transport in Complex, Non-Wetting Porous Layers with Applications to Water Management in Low Temperature Fuel Cells

Jason Moscatello
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Advisor: Yoke Khin Yap
Dissertation title: Growth, Modification and Integration of Carbon Nanotubes into Molecular Electronics

Siladitya Pal
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Spandan Maiti
Dissertation title: Modeling Mechanical Response of Heterogeneous Materials

Pragneshkumar Patel
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Desheng Meng
Thesis title: Superhydrophilic Surfaces as Antifouling Biomaterials for Microfluidic Applications

Anna Pereira
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Michele H Miller
Thesis title: Hands-On Ability: Why it Matters and How to Improve It

Christopher Polonowski
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Jeffrey Donald Naber
Dissertation title: Accelerometer Based Measurements of Combustion in an Automotive Turbocharged Diesel Engine

Joshua Richardson
Master of Science in Geophysics
Advisor: Gregory Phillip Waite
Thesis title: Characteristics of Seismic and Acoustic Signals Produced by Calving, Bering Glacier, Alaska

Edwar Romero Ramirez
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: Robert O Warrington and Michael Robert Neuman
Dissertation title: Energy Harvesting from Body Motion Using Rotational Micro-Generation

Andrew Schafer
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
Thesis title: A Technique for Improved Water Removal from PEM Fuel Cells via Natural Frequency Excitation of Free Surfaces

Tyler Schoenherr
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Modeling, Simulation, and Experimental Studies of Asymmetric Beam Vibration Using the Method of Quadratic Modes

Michael Starrett
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Megan C Frost and Michael Robert Neuman
Thesis title: Development of a Wireless Platform to Generate Nitric Oxide for Implanted Biomedical Devices

Alexandra Wrobel
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor: David James Flaspohler
Thesis title: Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat Model Validation for Northern Wisconsin and Central Minnesota

Ming Xie
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics
Co-Advisors: Yoke Khin Yap and Dieter M Gruen
Dissertation title: Synthesis and Characterization of Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

Yuejun Yin
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Yue Li
Dissertation title: Risk Analysis of Light-Frame Wood Construction Due to Multiple Hazards

Christine Zawaski
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Advisor: Victor B Busov
Dissertation title: Regulation of Woody Plant Development by Gibberellin Catabolic and Signaling Genes

Two Tech Authors Win Historical Society Awards

Two Michigan Tech book authors won 2010 State History Awards from the Historical Society of Michigan. Larry Lankton, professor of social sciences, received an award in the University and Commercial Press category for “Hollowed Ground,” a history of the copper mining industry in the Upper Peninsula. Gary Kaunonen’s “Challenge Accepted: A Finnish Immigrant Response to Industrial America in Michigan’s Copper Country” won an award in the same category. Kaunonen is a PhD student in industrial archeology.

The society presented 15 awards at its 136th Annual Meeting and State History Conference Oct. 15-17 in Frankenmuth, including a Lifetime Achievement award, which honors men and women who have dedicated themselves to preserving Michigan’s history over a significant amount of time.

The Historical Society of Michigan, which administers the State History Awards, is the state’s oldest cultural organization. Founded in 1828 by Lewis Cass and Henry Schoolcraft, it is an independent nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Michigan’s historical story. The State History Awards are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society.

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