Doctoral hooding ceremony to be held May 12

May 11, 2017

Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Spring 2017 Commencement.

These individuals were nominated by their program's Chair, Director of Graduate Studies or their faculty mentor. After careful review by The Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Graduate Council, these individuals were recognized as outstanding in their respective disciplines.

The following students were invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:00 PM, KFC Yum! Center. During the ceremony, doctoral recipients will participate, with their faculty mentors, in the vesting ceremony and will have their degrees conferred by Interim President Dr. Greg Postel.

Mahsa Badami is the recipient of the Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies and will give the student commencement address during the hooding ceremony.

Speed School students receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citations are:

  • *Mahsa Badami
    Computer Science and Engineering
    Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
    Dissertation:  Polarization in Recommender Systems
  • *Faezeh Tafazzoli
    Computer Science and Engineering
    Professor Hichem Frigui
    Dissertation:  Vehicle Make and Model Recognition for Intelligent Transportation Monitoring and Surveillance
  • *Zhenzhen Xie
    Chemical Engineering
    Associate Professor Xiaoan Fu
    Dissertation:  Electronic Nose for Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air and Exhaled Breath

The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

  • Jasmin Beharic
    Electrical Engineering
    Associate Professor Cindy Harnett
  • Jaafar Ben-Abdallah
    Computer Science and Engineering
    Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
  • Jeffery Wayne Borden
    Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor Michael Voor
  • Scott Douglas Cambron
    Mechanical Engineering
    Professor Robert Keynton
    Dissertation:  Development and Evaluation of a Biocompatible Electroactive Sensor for Continuous Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Chen Cao
    Electrical Engineering
    Assistant Professor Hongxiang Li
    Dissertation:   Low-Resolution ADC Receiver Design, MIMO Interference Cancellation Prototyping, and PHY Secrecy Analysis
  • Alejandro Martinez Garcia
    Chemical Engineering
    Professor Mahendra Sunkara
    Dissertation:  New Light Absorbers for Renewable Hydrogen for Renewable Hydrogen Production:  Chemical Vapor Deposition of Nearly Epitaxial III-V Semiconductors & Other Films for Unassisted Water Photoelectrolysis
  • William C. Harrington, Jr.
    Industrial Engineering
    Assistant Professor Ki-Hwan Bae
    Dissertation:  Performance Analysis of Organizations as Complex Systems
  • Brandon Wayne Lavery
    Chemical Engineering
    Professor Mahendra Sunkara
    Dissertation:  Scalable Manufacturing of Solar Cells Using Intense Pulsed Light
  • Santanu Mukherjee
    Mechanical Engineering
    Assistant Professor Sam Park
    Dissertation:  Development and Degradation Analysis of Novel Nanostructured Transition Metal Oxide (TMO) Anodes for Aqueous Sodium and Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Ernur Saka
    Computer Science and Engineering
    Assistant Professor Olfa Nasaroui
  • Li Yang
    Civil Engineering
    Assistant Professor Young Hoon Kim
    Dissertation:  Non-Contact Based Structural Damage Assessment Using Stochastic Subspace Identification and Finite Element Modal Updating
  • Hanwen Yuan
    Mechanical Engineering
    Professor Robert Keynton
    Dissertation:  Micro/Nanofluidic Platform for Nanoscale Cellular Electroporation
  • Yibo Zhang
    Civil Engineering
    Professor J. P. Mohsen
    Dissertation:  A Tool to Evaluate Sustainability of Pavement Maintenance Projects