Doctoral Exam Schedule

Cody Simmons, Physics, "Puncture Evolution of the Generalized Harmonic Formulation of Einstein's Equations," April 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Riddick 400P. Major Professor Dr. J. David Brown.

Sarah Fritts, Fish, Wildlife and Con Bio, "Implementing Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines that Sustain Amphibian and Small Mammal Populations," April 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Christopher Moorman / Dr. Dennis Hazel.

Kristin Williams, Sociology, "Transforming Communities and Crime?: An Examination of Gentrification and Crime in St. Louis City," April 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m., 1911 Building Room 129. Major Professor: Dr. Stacy De Coster.

Tracy Collum, Adult & Community College Education, "Conceptualization of Effective Leadership Among University Female Leaders," April 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett, II.

Arpan Chakraborty, Computer Science, "A Biologically Inspired Active Vision Framework for Cognitive Agents," April 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m., 3300 EBII. Major Professor: Dr. Robert St. Amant.

Michael Colter Chitwood, Fish, Wildlife, and Con Bio, "White-Tailed Deer in the Presence of a Novel Predator," April 22, 2014, 1:30 p.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Christopher DePerno / Dr. Christopher Moorman.

Robert Antonio Horne, Counseling and Counselor Education, "Spirituality, Active Coping, Drug-Related Criminal Activity, Education, Substance Use Treatment, and Substance Use Among African American Male Substance Users," April 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m., 505 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Marc Grimmett.

Kelly Smith, Adult & Community College Education, "Public Secondary School Teachers in North Carolina: Levels of Idealism and Relativism and Their Impact on Occupational Commitment," April 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. major Professor: Dr. Timothy Hatcher.

Xunwei Yu, Electrical Engineering, "Power Management Strategy for Solid State Transformer Interfaced DC Microgrid," April 24, 2014. 9:00 a.m., EBR,Key Stone Building. Major Professor: Dr. Alex Huang.

Sami Ben Rejeb, Mechanical Engineering, "Thermal Radiation Modeling Using LES-Opt Framework for Turbulent Combustion Flows," April 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Major Professor: Dr. Tarek Echekki.

Xing Huang, Electrical Engineering, "Design and Fabrication of High Voltage Silicon Carbide Symmetric Blocking Switch for FREEEDM Smart Grid," April 25, 2014,9:00 a.m., Suite 100/Keystone Science Center. Major Professors: Dr. Alex Q. Huang/Dr. B. Jayant Baliga.

Kristin Linn, Statistics, "Interactive Modeling Approaches for Non-smooth Functionals in Dynamic Treatment Regimes," April 28, 2014, 11:15 a.m., SAS Hall 5202. Major Professors: Dr. Leonard Stefanski and Dr. Eric Laber.

W. G. Samanthi Kottegoda, Microbiology, "Alkene and Alkane Oxidation by the 2-methylpropene Metabolizing Strain Mycobacterium ELW1," April 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Room 3503 Thomas Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Michael R. Hyman.

Jesse C. Holmes, Nuclear Engineering, "Monte Carlo Calucation of Thermal Neutron Inelastic Scattering Cross Section Uncertainties by Sampling Perturbed Phonon Spectra," April 30, 2014, 8:00 a.m., Burlington 1121. Major Professor: Dr. Ayman I. Hawari.

Yuling Wang, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, "Factors That Impact Teacher Power in Decision-Making at U.S. Public Schools: A Multilevel Analysis," April 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Profesors: Dr. Duane Akroyd / Dr. James Bartlett II.

Nancy Barbour, Educational Administration & Supervision, "Principal Leadership and Standards: Lessons Learned in Three High Schools that Participated in North Carolina's 'Turnaround Initative'," April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m., 410 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lance Fusarelli.

Nima Yousefpoor, Electrical Engineering, " Control of Advanced Power Converter Topologies for Transmission Grid Management," May 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Freedm Systems Center. Major Professor: Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Jeffrey R. SooHoo, Biomedical Engineering, "Continuous Flow Microfluidic Separations," May 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m., 238 MacNider. Major Professor: Dr. Glenn Walker.

Daniel Fregosi, Electrical Engineering, Ripple Drop Contact Control of Distributed Stage Devices with Drop Control only AC Voltage Projection," May 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Energy Board Room/Keystone. Major Professor: Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Shaun Kellogg, Curriculum & Instruction, "Patterns of Peer Interaction and Mechanisms Governing Social Network Structure in Two Massively Open Online Courses for Educators," May 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m., 117 Friday Institute. Major Professor: Dr. Kevin Oliver.

Giti Karimi-Moghaddam, Mechanical Engineering, "Applications of Themomagnetic Convection in Thermal Management of Electronic Systems," May 02, 2014, 9:30 a.m., Room 3115/EBII. Major Professors: Dr. Richard Gould/Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya.

Suzanne Prem Balik, Computer Science, "Combinatorial Graph Creation and Navigation for Blind People," May 2, 2014, 2:00 p.m., 3300 EBII. Major Professor: Dr. Robert Rodman.

Yvette Pascua Cubides, Food Science, "Developing Milk-Protein Based Structures for New Dairy Products," May 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Room 128 Schaub Hall. Major Professor: Dr. E. Allen Foegeding.

Ashley Hungerford, Economics, "Three Essays in Spatial Economics," May 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 4103 Nelson Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Barry Goodwin / Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Antonio Bush, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, "These are My Keys to Success: The Experiences of Black Male HBCU Graduates in STEM Doctoral Programs at PWI's," May 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Audrey Jaeger / Dr. Joy Gayles.

Hessam Mirgolbabaei, Mechanical Engineering, "Low dimensional manifold simulation of turbulent reacting flows using linear and nonlinear components analysis," May 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m., EBIII 3235. Major Professor: Dr. Tarek Echekki.

Charla Blumell, Adult & Community College Education, "The Experiences of African American Women Faculty in North Carolina Community Coleges," May 6, 2014, 12:00 noon, 736 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Tuere Bowles / Dr. Amy Orders.

Ruth Davidson, Mathematics, "Some Problems in Mathematical Phylogenetics and Geometric Combinatorics," May 6, 2014, 1:00 p.m., SAS Hall 3282. Major Professors: Dr. Patricia Hersh and Dr. Seth Sullivant.

Camilla Hodge, Parks, Rec & Tourism Management, "'O Brother Where Art Thou?' A Longitudinal Examination of the Effect of Recreation on Sibling Relationship Quality and Health Behaviors and Outcomes," May 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 4024 Biltmore Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Michael Kanters.

Tian Tian, Chemical Engineering, "Synthesis of Polymeric Nanomaterials by scalable liquid shear driven method," May 7th, 2014, 10:00 a.m., EBI 2018. Major Professor: Dr. Orlin D. Velev.

Laura Michelle McElhannon, Horticultural Science, "Optimization of Water and Nutrient Supply During Stock Plant Production and Propagation of Vegetative Cuttings," May 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Room 121 Kilgore Hall. Major professors: Dr. John Dole/Dr. Brian Whipker.

Sarah Haas, Forestry & Environmental Resources, "Landscape Epidemiology of Sudden Oak Death: Spatial Analysis of Disease Dynamics in Natural Forest Ecosystems," May 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 3213 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Ross Meentemeyer.

Hui Chen, Forest Biomaterials, "Process Development and Fundamental Study on Enzymatic Saccharification of Cellulosic Biomass to Fermentable Sugars for Ethanol Production," May 8, 2014, 1:30 p.m., 2203 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Richard Venditti / Dr. Hasan Jameel.

Ying-Chung Lin, Forestry & Environmental Res, "Transcriptional Regulatory Functions of NAC Domain Protein in Wood Formation in Populus Trchocarpa," May 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m., 2500 Partners II. Major Professor: Dr. Vincent Chiang.

Qiang Han, Forest Biomaterials, "Auto-hydrolysis Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Bioethanol Production," May 9, 2014, 8:30 a.m., 2203 Robertson Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Hasan Jameel / Dr. Hou-Min Chang.

Kathryn Stevenson, Fish, Wildlife, and Con Bio, "Identifying Drivers of Environmental Literacy Among Middle School Students," May 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall . Major Professor: Dr. Markus Nils Peterson.

Cassandra Lilly, Chemistry, "Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Complexes for Oxidation, Reduction, and Carbonylation Reactions," May 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Dabney 210. Major Professor: Dr. Elon Ison.

Emily K. Book, Mechanical Engineering, "Particulate matter emissions from diesel engines equipped with a diesel particulate filter," May 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m., EBIII. Major Professors: Dr. Tiegang Fang/Dr. Rich Baldauf.

Xusheng Xiao, Computer Science, "Cooperative Testing and Analysis via Informed Decision Making," June 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m., room 3300. Major Professors: Dr. Laurie Williams/Dr. Tao Xie.

Oscar Bernal Zunigg, Chemical Engineering, "Mimicking the Plant Leaf: Cellular composite materials for capturing solor engery and gas-phase biocatolysis," June 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Room 2018 EBI. Major Professor: Dr. Michael Flickinger.

Matias Garcia Avila, Mechanical Engineering, "Characterization and Applications of Composite Metal Foam," June 27, 2014, 9:30 a.m., EBIII- Room 3235. Major Professor: Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei.

Kent Meiswinkel, Mechanical Engineering, "Small Actuator Design for Trocar Delivered Surgical Devices", September 23, 2014, 1:30 p.m., Room 3419, EBIII. Major Professors: Dr. Eric Klang/Dr. Edward Grant.