Graduate School

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586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Defense Announcements

There are three phases to a dissertation defense:

Public Presentation of the Dissertation and Defense

In the public lecture or presentation, the candidate is expected to share the results of his or her dissertation research with the dissertation committee and audience. This presentation may vary in length depending on the circumstances and discipline. At the end of this public presentation, members of the dissertation committee, as well as members of the audience are encouraged to direct questions to the candidate pertaining to the research.

The Dissertation Committee's Meeting with the Candidate

At the conclusion of the public presentation and defense, the dissertation committee members will meet privately with the candidate to pose further questions about the candidate's research or to address issues related to the dissertation manuscript. The dissertation committee can ask the candidate to address these additional questions or changes to the manuscript. The dissertation committee chair presides at this meeting.

Evaluation of the Candidate's Performance

Upon completion of the public presentation and defense and the private meeting, the dissertation committee members, in the absence of the candidate and the audience, discuss the candidate's performance and decide whether or not she or he has passed the defense. The committee chair or one of the co-chairs leads the discussion and communicates the result to the candidate.

Defense information

Defense date, time and room number:

  • 10/18/22
    • Sam James at 10 AM at 347 EC 
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • This study describes an innovative design and development of a smartphone-based telerehabilitation system that includes an innovatively designed grip strength device (eGripper) and a phone application to play games (app). 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Sankar Sengupta

  • 10/17/22
    • Travis Ray at 11 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Psychology
      • The current research conducted two experimental studies examining the causal influence of masculinity threats on gun-related attitudes (Study 1) and behaviors (Study 2).
      • Doctoral committee chair: Michele Parkhill Purdie
    • Farzane Sivandzade at 12 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences 
      • Smoking can worsen post-TBI damage and impact recovery by promoting cerebrovascular dysfunctions. Thus I investigated the mechanisms underlying TBI exacerbation by smoking and vaping and the protective effect of metformin and rosiglitazone to prevent/reduce post-TBI brain damage
      • Doctoral committee chair: Luca Cucullo

  • 10/7/22
    • Tracy Moen at 10 AM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • This study explored leadership experiences of successful independent school heads. Leadership programs tend to prepare leaders for public schools. Findings showed constancy of purpose, relational approach, personality, and decision making drove the ability to serve this role.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Julia Smith
    • Mary Ann Mackrain at 3:30 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • This mixed-methods dissertation study explores the impact of professional development activities on home visitors' capacity and confidence in observing and addressing the quality of parent-child interactions within home settings as part of regular home visits.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Tomoko Wakabayashi

  • 9/29/22
    • Ahmad Yacoub at 2 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • The research in this dissertation shows the analysis and development of designing antenna elements and MIMO antenna systems that can be implemented in the automotive industry and have significant role in autonomous driving system.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Daniel N. Aloi
    • Katie While at 3 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • In response to the Michigan law mandating mentoring for online instruction, this case study examined the implementation of this practice. Results indicated important deficits in training and support for mentors.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Julia Smith

  • 9/27/22
    • Kelli Anderson at 11:30 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Counseling 
      • This grounded theory research explored antecedents to high conflict domestic disputes involving kids. Results of interviews of 11 experts led to the identification of three underlying concepts: systemic influences, outcomes of childhood experiences, and relationship influences.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Todd Leibert 

  • 8/11/22
    • Percy Welsing at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • This study investigated the impact of instructional self-pacing on at-risk students’ motivation. This qualitative case study revealed that self-pacing did improve student locus of control, but that students needed a certain degree/level of support.
      • Doctor committee chair: Julia Smith

  • 8/2/22
    • Ahmed Aljohan at 9 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership
      • The study was to evaluate the impact of remote learning on EL families and how family-school partnerships were impacted during remote learning. Findings revealed technology assistance and non-technical supports helped EL parents feel supported in their efforts to be engaged
      • Doctoral committee chair: C. Suzanne Klein

  • 7/5/22
    • Rima Abdulilah D. Alahmadi at 2 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • This research assesses social media, and specifically a podcast entitled Consultation with Sarah, as a source for parents' knowledge about children’s development, and considers the factors that influence the use of social media to acquire knowledge on parenting in Saudi Arabia.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Tomoko Wakabayashi

  • 6/30/22
    • Dylan Joseph Twardy at 1 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Health and Environmental Chemistry
      • The reaction of either alk-2-ynone or 2-ethynyl benzaldehyde with o-phenylenediamine yields 1,5-benzodiazepines and benzimidazo [2,1-a] isoquinolines, respectively. New pyridine containing 1,5 - benzodiazepine chelators form new benzodiazepine metal complexes.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Roman Dembinski

  • 6/29/22
    • Jeanne Baca Schulte at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • This qualitative grounded theory study explores developmental screening practices of pediatric nurse practitioners and explains how their developmental screening knowledge, skills, and attitudes contribute to their screening behaviors for children from birth to three.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Julie Ricks-Doneen 
    • Cang Xu at 2 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Molecular dynamics simulation of the effect of particle hardness on tribological properties of nanofluids
      • Doctoral committee chair: Gary Barber, Ph.D. 

  • 6/22/22
    • Fares Alromithy at 12 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Novel Piezoelectric biosensor based on SARS-Cov-2 spike antibody for Coronavirus (Covid-19) detection
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed A. Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 5/26/22
    • Tobi Russell at 2 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Education: Counseling 
      • This study examined counselor self-efficacy (CSE) on willingness to work with non-suicidal self-injury clients, it’s influence on counselor anxiety, and willingness to seek out training. Results indicate that CSE plays a significant role in the treatment of NSSI clients.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Brian Taber

  • 4/21/22
    • Carrie Wozniak at 11 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership
      • This study examined the role of universal design in teacher development. It revealed the challenges that teachers had with identifying students' unique learning needs and shows the importance of schools having a systemic learning framework.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Eileen Johnson

  • 3/25/22
    • Abdullah Albadrani at 10 AM via Zoom or 523 EC
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Resilient suppliers selection system using machine learning algorithms and risk assessment methodology
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 3/15/22
    • Lubna Khasawneh at 11 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Robust and adaptive lateral controller for autonomous vehicles
      • Doctoral committee chair: Manohar Das, Ph.D.
    • Jeremy Geist at 12 PM in Dodge Hall
      • PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences 
      • Ecology and management of global invader
      • Doctoral committee chair: Scott Tiegs 

  • 3/14/22
    • Melissa Bishop at 3 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • This study examined qualitative and quantitative data to explore teachers and coaches’ experiences in an early literacy coaching program. Results show that relationships are foundational. In addition, the study identified coaching strategies used and perceived as most effective.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Tomoko Wakabayashi 

  • 3/11/22
    • Erving Laryea at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Health and Environmental Chemistry 
      • Phosphorylation patterns, aggregation propensities and morphological studies of the various tau protein isoforms
      • Doctoral committee chair: Colin Wu

  • 3/10/22
    • Farid Badar at 9 AM in 164 MSC 
      • PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics 
      • This dissertation describes a number of multi-resolution projects that use high-resolution imaging to determine the topographical and depth-dependent variations in cartilage, in order to diagnose osteoarthritis at its earliest stages.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Yang Xia
    • Giribabu Sinnapolu at 2 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Hear device for electrical activity of the heart: computation towards cardiovascular diseases using Novel Comma-Z and GPU for automotive 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Shadi Alawneh, Ph.D. 
    • Dinh Dong Pham at 3 PM in 372 MSC
      • PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences 
      • We develop and analyze a robust numerical method to solve a coupled system of partial differential equations modeling the transport of chemicals via complex fluid flow. This problem arises from the need to understand important real-world issues such as groundwater contamination.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Aycil Cesmelioglu

  • 3/9/22
    • Mohamed Albira at 2 PM via Zoom & 347 EC
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Robust implementation of the model predictive controller for DC-DC power converters and industrial control applications
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 3/8/22
    • Israa Hammood at 9 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Self-crack healing of engineering ceramics
      • Doctoral committee chair: Gary Barber, Ph.D. 

  • 2/25/22
    • Abdulhadi Altherwi at 3 PM via Zoom or 347 EC
      • PhD in Systems Engineering
      • A meta-heuristic algorithm based on modified global firefly optimization: in supply chain networks with demand uncertainty. 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 2/24/22
    • Adam Scott LeRoy at 1 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • The COVID pandemic resulted in disruptions to in-person schooling and instructional interventions. Using a qualitative method, this study examined the experiences of nine interventionists. Data were collected using focus groups, and transcribed and analyzed using in-vivo codes.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Ambika Bhargava, Ph.D.

  • 2/4/22
    • Mohamed O. Khalifa at 3 PM via Zoom  
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Cellular 5G and V2X Antennas Design for Automotive Applications
      • Doctoral committee chair: Daniel N. Aloi, Ph.D.

  • 1/26/22
    • Saif Salih at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Intelligent performance, architecture analysis, functional safety metrics of automated steering systems for autonomous vehicles
      • Doctoral committee chair: Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D.

  • 1/19/22
    • Hassan Hijry at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Crowding reduction and waiting time analysis in health-care system using a machine learning approach. 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D.

  • 1/15/22
    • Joshua Grekin at 12 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Music Education
      • This study explored the relationships between individual and group learning in the context of music ensembles in the classroom. Findings enable the conceptualization of the community as an ecosystem, and highlight the benefits of developing a robust awareness of the ecosystem.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Jacqueline Wiggins

  • 1/14/22
    • Ali Tafreshi at 11 AM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Generation of I.C. engine maps and spark timing profiles using machine learning techniques. 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Zissimos P. Mourelatos, Ph.D.

  • 1/13/22
    • Shraddha Jagatap at 10 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Process optimization of autoclave bonded light-weight material joints
      • Doctoral committee chair: Sayed Nassar, Ph.D.