Graduate Student Research

2018 Doctor of Philosophy Dissertations

Qi Han
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Reducing Degradation of Intracellular Cofactors to Improve Bioconversion to Oxidized Chemicals and Production of Recombinant Proteins by Escherichia coli
Major Professor: Mark A. Eiteman, Ph.D.

Parya Aghasafari
Engineering
Multiscale Modeling of Human Respiratory Disease and Aging
Major Professor: Ramana Pidaparti, Ph.D.

Benjamin Blake Manning
Engineering
Improving Hybrid Global Horizontal Irradiance Prediction Using Deep Learning And ‘Sky Types’
Major Professor: Kyle Johnsen, Ph.D. 

Maryam Manouchehrinejad
Engineering
Systems Analysis of Integrated Biomass Torrefaction and Densification Technology
Major Professor: Sudhagar Mani, Ph.D.

Ramin Moslemi
Engineering
Data Integrity in Control and Monitoring of Smart Grids
Major Professor: Javad Mohammadpour Velni, Ph.D.

Jitendra Pant
Engineering
Development and Characterization of  Nitric Oxide-Releasing Platforms for Biomedical Device and Tissue Engineering Applications
Major Professor: Hitesh Handa, Ph.D.

Lu Zhu
Engineering
Exploring Novel Inorganic Antimicrobial Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties
Major Professor: Yiping Zhao, Ph.D.

2018 Master of Science of Theses

Alyssa Paige Ghuman
Biological Engineering
Bacteriophage-Assisted Enrichment of Foodborne Pathogens Using a Microfluidic Device
Major Professor: Ramaraja Ramasamy, Ph.D.

Katie Henson Homeyer
Biological Engineering
Reducing Infection of Medical Devices via Solvent Swelling-impregnation of S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine
Major Professor: Hitesh Handa, Ph.D.

Christina Danielle Workman
Biological Engineering
Modification of Nitric Oxide (NO) Releasing Polymers for Enhanced Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial Activity
Major Professor: Hitesh Handa, Ph.D.

Md Tofail Ahmed
Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering
Crashworthiness Simulations of Engineered Cementitious Composite Barriers for Impact Loading
Major Professor: Mi Geum Chorzepa, Ph.D.

Elio Joseph Challita
Engineering
Self-assembled Lipid Bilayers for Rapid Membrane Screening and Stimuli-responsive Biomolecular Materials
Major Professors: Donald Leo, Ph.D. and Eric Freeman, Ph.D.

Justin Pawat Cobkit
Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering
Development of the Road Construction Database (ReCORD) System
Major Professor: Stephan Durham, Ph.D.

Haynes Curtis
Engineering with an Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering
Operation and Maintenance of a High-Speed Water Tunnel
Major Professor: R. Benjamin Davis, Ph.D.

Robert Austin Etheridge
Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering
Effects of Asphalt Mixture Characteristics on Dynamic Modulus and Fatigue Performance
Major Professor: Sung-Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Benjamin Brian Hefner
Engineering
Instrumentation for Direct Measurements of Wave-driven Flow over a Fringing Reef Crest
Major Professor: C. Brock Woodson, Ph.D.

Divya Jakkam
Engineering with an Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering
A Study on Self-Assembly and Structural Analysis of Protofilaments
Major Professor: Ramana Pidaparti, Ph.D.

Victor Lopez
Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering
Impact Performance of Recycled Tire Chip and Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites for Use in Concrete
Major Professor: Mi Geum Chorzepa, Ph.D.

Joshita Majumdar
Engineering with an Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Characterization of Droplet Interface Bilayer Encapsulated in Soft Polymer
Major Professor: Donald Leo, Ph.D.

Lauren Jane Shannon
Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering
Advancing Bridge Load Rating and e-Construction Technologies for Transportation Agencies
Major Professor: Stephan Durham, Ph.D.

Sarah Elizabeth Signal
Engineering with an Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering
Vortex Energy Capture using a Cantilevered Beam in the Wake of a Bluff Body
Major Professor: R. Benjamin Davis, Ph.D.

 

Steven Leis Williams

Engineering with an Emphasis in Civil Engineering

 

Thesis: Performance Evaluation of Geogrid-Reinforced Pavement Foundations

Major Professor: Sung-Hee Kim, Ph.D.

 

Nicholas Charles Winter

Engineering

Thesis: Modelling the Geometry and Mechanics of Disordered Nanomaterials

Major Professor: Xianqiao Wang, Ph.D.