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Dissertation Defense: James Bort

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of James Bort, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. in Whitman School of Management, room 525. Bort’s advisor is Professor Johan Wiklund. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Maria Minniti, Todd Moss, Lynne Vincent and Suho Han. Professor Susan Albring will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Job Satisfaction of the Entrepreneurial Workforce.”  

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Dissertation Defense: Flaviyan Jerome Irudayanathan

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Flaviyan Jerome Irudayanathan, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at 1p.m. in 220 Link Hall. Irudayanathan’s advisor is Professor Shikha Nangia. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors James H. Henderson, Jesse Q. Bond, Pranav Soman, Mary Beth Browning Monroe and Viktor J. Cybulskis. Professor James Hougland will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Molecular Physiology of Blood-Brain Barrier Tight Junctions.”

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Dissertation Defense: Laura Jaffee

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Laura Jaffee, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m. in 364 Huntington Hall. Jaffee’s advisors are Professors Eunjung Kim and Dana Olwan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors George Theoharis, Julia White, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Michael Gill. Professor Anne Bellows will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Access Washing at the Imperial University: Militarism, Occupation, and Struggles Toward Disability Justice.”

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Dissertation Defense: Saeid Biria

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Saeid Biria, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, January 31, at 11 a.m. in 221D Shaffer Art Building. Biria’s advisor is Professor Ian D Hosein. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dacheng Ren, Viktor J Cybulskis, Zhen Ma and Pranav Soman. Professor Shalabh Chandra Maroo will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Controlling the Morphology of Polymer Blends Using the Nonlinear Optical Properties of Light.”  

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Dissertation Defense: Yantao Lu

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Yantao Lu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, February 7, at 11:30 a.m. in Center for Science and Technology, room 4-206K. Lu’s advisor is Professor Senem Velipasalar Gursoy. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Pramod Kumar Varshney, Qinru Qiu, Makan Fardad and Garrett E Katz. Professor Lixin Shen will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Human Activity Recognition From Egocentric Videos And Robustness Analysis Of Deep Neural Networks.”

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Dissertation Defense: Shaundel Sanchez

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Shaundel Sanchez, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in 402 Maxwell Hall. Sanchez’s advisor is Professor Robert A. Rubinstein. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Natalie Koch, Sandra D. Lane, Azra Hromadžić and Deborah Pellow. Professor Lu Xiao will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Alhamdulilah, We Live in a Muslim Country: Searching for Safety and Constructing Belonging.”  

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