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Dissertation Defense: Justin King

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Justin King, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 10 a.m. in 373 Link Hall. King’s advisor is Professor Melissa Green. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Matthew Ringuette, Mark Glauser, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh and Yiyang Sun. Professor Linda Ivany will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Influence of Trailing Edge Shape and Kinematics on Bio-Inspired Pitching Panels.”

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Dissertation Defense: Nuzhath Fatema

The oral doctoral examination of Nuzhath Fatema, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 11 a.m. in Zoom. Nuzhath Fatema’s advisor is Professor Shobha K Bhatia. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Eric M Lui, Dawit Negussey, Baris Salman, Samuel Patton Clemence, and Angel Palomino. Professor Ashok S. Sangani will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Flow Behavior of Granular Soil and Impounded Fly Ash Slurries.”  

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Dissertation Defense: Manish Gupta

The oral doctoral examination of Manish Gupta, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, July 29,  at 3 p.m. in Zoom. Manish Gupta’s advisor is Professor Shalabh Chandra Maroo. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jianshun Zhang, Jeongmin Ahn, Teng Zhang and Yiyang Sun. Professor Zhao Qin will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Molecular Interfaces and Heterogeneous Bubble Nucleation from Heated Surfaces at Nanoscale.”

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Dissertation Defense – Pallav Bera

The oral doctoral examination of Pallav Bera, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, July 30, at 9:00 a.m. in Zoom. Bera’s advisor is Professor Can Isik. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Tomislav  Bujanovic, Sara  Eftekharnejad, Prasanta K Ghosh and Makan Fardad. Professor Jamie L Winders will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Data-driven Protection of Transformers, Phase Angle Regulators, and Transmission Lines in Interconnected Power Systems.”

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Proposal Defense | Tina AlSadhan

Tina AlSadhan will defend her proposal: “Leveraging Information Security Continuous Monitoring to Enhance Cybersecurity,” all are welcome to attend. Tuesday, August 3, 2021 1:30 p.m. ET Advisor: Joon Park Zoom Link to Join  Leveraging Information Security Continuous Monitoring to Enhance Cybersecurity Cyber attacks against U.S. Federal information systems are relentless and increasingly sophisticated. The probability for grave damage continues to escalate despite the efforts and significant resources expended to protect this critical infrastructure. The detection, analysis, and prioritization of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, threats, and the status of the effectiveness of cybersecurity protection measures is needed within minutes versus monthly, quarterly, or annually to reduce or eliminate compromise and the associated debilitating consequences. Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) leverages technology to evolve from compliance-focused cybersecurity to data-driven risk management. ISCM enables real-time or near-real-time cyber situational awareness to be responsive to the explosive rates of vulnerabilities, persistent threats, and determined enemies. Despite the promises of ISCM, Federal agencies continue to face challenges in achieving effective ISCM capabilities. Our research seeks to assess why we need to consider ISCM for cybersecurity and the elements of ISCM that need to be improved. The recently published National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ISCM Assessment (ISCMA) methodology and companion assessment tool ISCMAx will be used to structure the research. This research will inform measures needed to optimize ISCM.  

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Dissertation Defense: Jun Zhang

The oral doctoral examination of Jun Zhang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Tuesday, August 10,  at 10 a.m. in Zoom. Zhang’s advisor is Professor Joon Soo Lim. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Tamara Makana Chock, Leonard Newman, Hua Jiang and Dennis Kinsey. Professor Qiu Wang will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Mitigate Negative Effects in Spillover Crises.”

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Dissertation Defense: Mahesh Chandrasekhar Gandikota

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Mahesh Chandrasekhar Gandikota, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, August 10,  at 11  a.m. in Physics Building, room 202. Gandikota’s advisor is Professor Jennifer Schwarz. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alison Patteson, Joseph Paulsen, M. Lisa Manning and Christian Santangelo. Professor Teng Zhang will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Interplay of geometry and mechanics: disordered spring networks and shape changing cerebellum.”

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Dissertation Defense: Sara Dampf

 The oral doctoral examination of Sara Dampf, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Zoom. Dampf’s advisor is Professor Timothy Korter. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Arindam Chakraborty, Joseph Chaiken, Weiwei Zheng and John Franck. Professor Ian Hosein will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Computational Methodologies for the Simulation and Analysis of Low-Frequency Vibrations in Molecular Crystals.”

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Dissertation Defense: Daniel Finstad

The oral doctoral examination of Daniel Finstad, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, August 12, at 11 a.m. in Zoom. Finstad’s advisor is Professor Duncan Brown. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Stefan Ballmer, Eric Coughlin, Scott Watson and Alexander Nitz. Professor William Wylie will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Binary Neutron Star Mergers: Gravitational-Wave Measurements of their Parameters and the Nuclear Equation of State.”

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Dissertation Defense: Huong Axelrod

The oral doctoral examination of Huong Axelrod, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Thursday, August 12, at 2 p.m. in zoom. Axelrod’s advisors are Professors Hugo Borges Jales and Alfonso Flores-Lagunes. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alexander D Rothenberg, Maria B Zhu and Yoonseok Lee. Professor Ying Shi will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Three Essays in Labor Economics.”

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Dissertation Defense: Bhaskar Joshi

The oral doctoral examination of Bhaskar Joshi, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, August 12, at 2 p.m.  Zoom. Joshi’s advisor is Professor John Chisholm. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Michael Sponsler, Nancy Totah, Mathew Maye and Rachel Steinhardt. Professor James Hewett will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Formation of Pyrroloindolines and Alkylation of N-Heterocycles with Trichloroacetimidates AND Synthesis of Quinoline Based Small Molecule Inhibitors of Ghrelin O-Acetyltransferase (GOAT).”

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Dissertation Defense: Jennifer Brooks

  The oral doctoral examination of Jennifer Brooks, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Monday, August 16,  at 12:30 p.m. in Zoom. Brooks’s advisor is Professor Jennifer Karas Montez. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Andrew S. London, Scott D. Landes, Shannon M. Monnat and Merril D. Silverstein. Professor Doron Dorfman will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Case for Intersectionality: An Intersectional Look at Disability in the Labor Market.”

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Dissertation Defense: Haowen Fang

The oral doctoral examination of Haowen Fang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Tuesday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Zoom. Fang’s advisor is Professor Qinru Qiu. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Fanxin Kong, M. Cenk Gursoy, Sucheta Soundarajan and Biao Chen. Professor Lixin Shen will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Algorithm Hardware Codesign for High Performance Neuromorphic Computing.”

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Dissertation Defense: Xin Gao

The oral doctoral examination of Xin Gao, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Tuesday, August 17, at 2 p.m. EST in Zoom. Gao’s advisor is Professor Jesse Quentin Bond. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Ian Dean Hosein, Ashok Shantilal Sangani, Viktor J Cybulskis and Shikha Nangia. Professor Cliff Ian Davidson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Rational design of supported metal catalysts for carbonyl reduction during biomass upgrading.”

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