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DEFENSE ANNOUNCEMENTS 2017-2018

The College of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the following defenses for our Masters and Doctoral students. Announcements will be added throughout the year as they are scheduled. To have your announcement included, please fill out the Acceptance of Thesis or Dissertation for Defense form and submit it and the Intellectual Protection and Patent Sign-off form to the College of Graduate Studies no later than 15 business days before your scheduled defense.

Candidate:   Mubashshir Ahmad
Degree:  Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering
Title:   Assessment of Bridges with an Ohio Legal Rating Factor Greater than 1.35 to Meet Specialized Hauling Vehicle Requirements in Ohio
Time:      11:00 AM
Date:    August 1, 2017
Location:   Nitschke Hall Room 3004
Major Advisor:  Dr. Douglas Nims
   
Candidate:  Xin Liv
Degree:  Master of Arts Degree in Psychology
Title:  The Potential Effects Alcohol Use Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder have on the Relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicidal Ideation
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    August 1, 2017
Location:  University Hall Room 1610
Major Advisor: Dr. John Elhai
   
Candidate:  Yuan Wang
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Manufacturing Technology Management
Title:  Supplier Involvement in Conventional and Sustainable New Product Development: Three Essay
Time:      2:00 PM
Date:    August 1, 2017
Location:  Stranahan Hall Room 4050
Major Advisor: Dr. Yue Zhang
   
Candidate:  Md Tajminur Rahman
Degree: Master of Arts in Geography and Planning
Title:  Land Use Based Evapotranspiration Estimation of Toledo City from MOD16 Product of MODIS Satellite Imagery and Compare with Flux Measurement
Time:      4:00 PM
Date:    August 22, 2017
Location:  Snyder Memorial Room 3040
Major Advisor: Dr. Kevin P. Czajkowski
   

















PAST DEFENSES

Candidate:   Rajib Dutta
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences: Molecular Medicine
Title:  Computational Analysis of Human Genomes Reveals "Great Admixture" of Ancient Humans Leading to the Creation of Modern People who also Carry Signatures of GC-biased Gene
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    September 27, 2017
Location:   Collier Building 1035
Major Advisor: Dr.  Alexei Fedorov
   
Candidate:   Qiangqiang Shao
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
Title:  Uncoupling of UNC5C with Polymerized TUBB3 in MTs is Required in Netrin-1-mediated Axoanl Repulsion
Time:      9:00 AM
Date:    September 29, 2017
Location:  Wolfe Hall 1240
Major Advisor:  
   
Candidate:   Mitchell R. Dziekan
Degree:  Master of Science in Geology
Title:   Origins of Basal Sediment within Kettle Lakes in Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    October 6, 2017
Location:   Bowman-Oddy 3020
Major Advisor: Dr.  Timothy G. Fisher
   
Candidate:   Megan Benner
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education
Title:   Using the Self-Determination Theory to Understand Factors Influencing STNA Intent to Stay in Their Positions at For-Profit Skilled Nursing Facilities
Time:      12:30 PM
Date:    November 1, 2017
Location:   Collier 4417
Major Advisor:  Dr. Kimberly McBride
   
Candidate:  James Marok
Degree:  Master of Arts in Geography and Planning
Title:   Social Contribution Network: Case of POSCO Steel Company
Time:      12:30 PM
Date:    November 3, 2017
Location:   Snyder Memorial 3036
Major Advisor:  Dr. Neil Reid
   
Candidate:  Haneen Amawi
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Therapeutics
Title:  Optimization of Synthetic Flavonolignans to Target Embryonic Signaling in Metastatic Ovarian and Colon Cancer
Time:      2:00 PM
Date:    November 9, 2017
Location:  Collier Building 1230
Major Advisor: Dr. Amit K. Tiwari
   
Candidate:  Fathi Hassan Mohamed Amsaad
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
Title:  A Trusted and Efficient Security Approach for the Detection of Hardware Trojans and Authentication of FPGA-based Systems
Time:     1:00 PM
Date:   November 9, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 2004
Major Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Niamat
   
Candidate:  Yue Yu
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Title:  Thin Film Solar Cells with Earth Abundant Elements: from Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide to Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Halide Perovskite
Time:     4:00 PM
Date:    November 9, 2017
Location:  Research 1 Main Campus Conference A-B
Major Advisor: Dr. Yanfa Yan
   
Candidate:  Huai Huang
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
Title:  Modulation of Microtubule Dynamics in Netrin Signaling
Time:      2:30 PM
Date:    November 14, 2017
Location:  Wolfe Hall 3246
Major Advisor: Dr. Giuofa Liu
   
Candidate:  Kiran Ghimire
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Astronomy
Title:  Application of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: From Single Crystal Gd3Ga5O12 to Polycrystalline Perovskite films in Solar Cell Devices
Time:     4:00 PM
Date:    November 15, 2017
Location:  Research Complex Room 1010
Major Advisor: Dr. Nikolas Podraza
   
Candidate:  Prabhatchandra R. Dube
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Medicine
Title:  Mechanisms of Calcification in Atherosclerosis: Role of Macrophages and the Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 3 (TRPC3) Channel
Time:     9:00 AM
Date:   November 15, 2017
Location:  Colllier Building 1200
Major Advisor: Dr. Guillermo Vazquez
   
Candidate:  Suneth Watthage
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Title:  Solution-Processed Fabrication of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites & Back Interface Engineering of Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells
Time:     10:00 AM
Date:    November 21, 2017
Location:  Research Complex Room 1010
Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Heben
   
Candidate:  Peng Zhang
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Title:  Optimizing Simultaneous-Isomerization-and-Reactive-Extraction (SIRE) followed by Back-Extraction (BE) Process for Efficient Fermentation of Ketose Sugars to Products
Time:     9:30 AM
Date:    November 22, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 5048
Major Advisor: Dr. Patricia Relue and Dr. Sasidhar Varanasi
   
Candidate:  Yufu Ren
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering: Mechanical
Title:  Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Alkaline Earth Phosphate Coating and its Applications for Biomedical Implants
Time:     1:00 PM
Date:    November 29, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 4020
Major Advisor: Dr. Sarit B. Bhaduri
   
Candidate:  Ashray Sadashiv Bhandare
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering
Title:  Bio-inspired Alogrithms for Evolving the Architecture of Convolutional Neural Networks
Time:     11:00 AM
Date:   November 30, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 2004
Major Advisor: Dr. Devinder Kaur
   
Candidate:  Vishal Vijayshankar Mishra
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering
Title:  Sequence-to-Sequence Learning Using Deep Learning for OCR
Time:     12:00 PM
Date:   November 30, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 2004
Major Advisor: Dr. Devinder Kaur
   
Candidate:  Butheina Hamdah
Degree: Master of Arts in Political Science
Title:  Liberalism and the Impact on Religious Identity: Hijab Culture in the American Muslim Context
Time:     2:00 PM
Date:   November 30, 2017
Location:  Snyder-Memorial 3066
Major Advisor: Dr. Renee Heberle
   
Candidate:   Vinay Mutthamsetty
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Title:  Design and Synthesis of Amino Acid-based Inhibitors Against Key Enzymes
Time:      4:00 PM
Date:    December 1, 2017
Location:   Wolfe Hall 1205
Major Advisor: Dr. Ronald E. Viola
   
Candidate:  Stacie Dubin
Degree: Master of Science in Occupational Health
Title:  Characterization of Noise in Nursing Homes
Time:      2:00 PM
Date:    December 4, 2017
Location:  Collier Building 4417
Major Advisor: Dr. April Ames
   
Candidate:  Vidita Reddy
Degree: Master of Science in Biology: Cell and Molecular
Title:  Role of Rnase L-Induced DRAKI in Apoptosis
Time:      9:00 AM
Date:    December 5, 2017
Location:   Wolfe Hall 1235J
Major Advisor: Dr. Malathi Krishnamurthy
   
Candidate:  Katie Gamby
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
Title:  Independently Licensed Professional Counselors: Experiences, Perspectives, and Processes When Referring to Complementary Health Practitioners
Time:     2:00 PM
Date:   December 6, 2017
Location:  Health and Human Services 3200
Major Advisor: Dr. Madeline Clark
   
Candidate:  Mohammadali Jalilian
Degree: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Title:  Impact of MXD6 on the Structure and Properties of Mechanically Recycled PET Blends
Time:     10:00 AM
Date:   December 6, 2017
Location:  North Engineering 2430
Major Advisor: Dr. Maria Coleman and Dr. Joseph Lawrence
   
Candidate:   Shengnan Du
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: Cancer Biology
Title:   Novel Microtubule-Disrupting Indole-Based Chalcones that Induce Cell Death in Gioblastoma
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    December 7, 2017
Location:   Block Health Science 436
Major Advisor:  Dr. William Maltese
   
Candidate:  Shahab Zekriardehani
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Title:  Evolution of Microstructure and Free Volume in Polyesters Caused by Orientation and Antiplasticizers
Time:     10:00 AM
Date:   December 7, 2017
Location:  North Engineering 2430
Major Advisor: Dr. Maria Coleman
   
Candidate:  Leon Horvath
Degree: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Title:  Reviewing and Evaluating Pattern-Generation and Fabrication Methodologies for an Origami Flasher
Time:     10:00 AM
Date:   December 7, 2017
Location:  Nitschke Hall 4020
Major Advisor: Dr. Brian Trease
   
Candidate:   Atul D. Khire
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
Title:   Centriole Inheritance during Fertilization of Drosophila melanogaster
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    December 8, 2017
Location:   Wolfe Hall 3246
Major Advisor: Dr. Tomer Avidor-Reiss
   
Candidate:   Surya Bahadur Karki
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Title:  Non-thermal Miniature Delectric Barrier Discharge Plasma for Treatment of Lung Carcinoma Cells
Time:      1:00 PM
Date:    December 8, 2017
Location:   Nitschke Hall 5048
Major Advisor: Dr. Halim Ayan
   
Candidate:  Zahra Nabati
Degree: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Title:  Effect of Yarrowia Lipolytica Biofilm on Corrosion Behavior of Carbon Steel in Simulated Biodiesel Storage Tanks
Time:      11:00 AM
Date:    December 8, 2017
Location:   Nitschke Hall 3005
Major Advisor: Dr. Youngwoo Seo
   
Candidate:   Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga
Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering: Electrical
Title:   A Lithium-Ion Battery Management System with Bilevel Equalization
Time:      10:00 AM
Date:    December 12, 2017
Location:  Nitschke 2008
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas Stuart
   
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