Ph.D. candidates to participate in doctoral hooding ceremony

Dr. Beth A. Boehm, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has announced award and honors recipients for the Winter 2014 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 Thursday, December 18, 2014, 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 President James Ramsey.

The Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies will be presented to Speed School student:

  • Ahmed Reda Amin EL-Barkouky
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
    Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling for Partial Object Detection


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

  • Elom Akabua
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Associate Professor Tamer Inanc
    Dissertation: Semi-Blind Robust Identification and Robust Control Approach to Personalized Anemia Management
  • Darryl Felix D’Souza
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor:  Associate Professor Roman Yampolskiy
    Dissertion: Avator CAPTCHA: Telling Computers and Humans Apart Via Face Classification and Mouse Dynamics
  • Ahmed Reda Amin El-Barkouky
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
    Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling for Partial Object Detection
  • Hamdi Jenzri
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Hichem Frigui
    Dissertation: Context Dependent Spectral Unmixing
  • Nicholas Francis Jewell
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor John Naber
    Dissertation: Development of a Power Monitoring and Contral System to Provide Demand Side Management of Electric Vehicle Charging Activity
  • Fengjuan Liu
    Ph.D. Civil Engineering
    Mentor:  Associate Professor Zhihui Sun
    Dissertation: Early-Age Hydration and Microstructural Development of Portland Cement Paste
  • Ali Mahmoud
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
    Dissertation: Utilizing Radiation for Smart Robotic Applications Using Visible, Thermal, and Polarization Images
  • Ahmad Abdusalam Firjani Naef
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Adel Elmaghraby
    Dissertation:A Non-Ivasive Image Based System for Early Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer
  • Ahmed Magdy Shalaby
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor:  Professor Aly Farag
    Dissertation: Shape/Image Registration for Medical Imaging: Novel Algorithms and Applications

The following students have completed their Ph.D.:

  • Youssef Ait Boudial
    Ph.D. Industrial Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Gerald Evans
    Dissertation: Project Management and Its Relation to Long-Term Project Success: An Empirically Based Theoretical Framework
  • Haythm Balti
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Adel Elmaghraby
    Dissertation: Temporal Contextual Descriptors and Applications to Emotion Analysis
  • Mark M. Crain
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Shamus McNamara
    Dissertation: Multilayer Electret Activated by Direct Contact Silicon Electrode
  • Dustin Ray Cummins
    Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Mahendra Sunkara
    Dissertation: Phse Transformation of Metal Oxide Nanowires to Dichalcogenide Nanostructures
  • Abderrazzak Faiz
    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Associate Professor Shamus McNamara and Professor Ellen Brehob
    Dissertation: Nanoporous Bi2Te3 Thermoelectric Based Knudsen Gas Pump
  • Anis Hamdi
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Hichem Frigui
    Dissertation: Ensemble Learning Method for Hidden Markov Models
  • Qingwen He
    Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
    Mentor: Associate Professor Gerold Willing
    Dissertation: Investigation of Stabilization Mechanisms for Colloidal Suspension Using Nanoparticles
  • Kyle M. Hord
    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Associate Professor Yongsheng Lian
    Dissertation: Numerical Study of Leading Edge Vortex Circulation Development on Finite Aspect Ratio Perching Wings
  • Hamidrez Kazemi
    Ph.D. Civil Engineering
    Mentor: Associate Professor Thomas Rockaway
    Dissertation: Evaluation the Effectiveness and Hydrological Performance of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Control Measures
  • Mai Dung Thi Nguyen
    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Guruprasad Giridharan
    Dissertation: The Second Generation of the CCCM System for In-Vitro Cardiac Tissue Engineering
  • Phani Chakravarthy Polina
    Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor: Anup Kumar
    Dissertation: SDSF: Social-Networking Trust Based Distributed Data Storage and Co-Operative Information Fusion
  • Surangkana Rawungyot
    Ph.D Computer Science and Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Hichem Frigui
    Dissertation: Identification, Indexing, and Retrieval of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CRP) Scenes in Video Simulation Mdical Crises
  • Guanying Ru
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor: Assistant Professor Hongxiang Li
    Dissertation: Studies on Efficient Spectrum Sharing in Coexisting Wireless Networks
  • Martin Johannes Reinhold Schmidt
    Ph.D. Industrial Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Gail DePuy
    Dissertation: Variation in Railway Operations as Function of Infrastructure Changes
  • Abolfazi Shaefaie
    Ph.D. Civil Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Arthur Parola
    Dissertation: Classification System of the Physical Streambed Habitat
  • Hiren Vrajlal Trada
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Mentor: Professor Kevin Walsh
    Dissertation: Development of a Thin-Film Porous-MicroElectrode Array (P-MEA) for Electrical Stimulation of Engineered Cardiac Tissue
  • Mu Heng Zhang
    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Associate Professor Yongshen Lian
    Dissertation: Numerical Investigation of Hydrodynamic Focusing and Coutler Principle in a Microfluidic Device