Current Dissertation Defenses

September

 
Candidate: Mona Khalifah Aladil
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mathematics
Title: Saudi Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge for Teaching Fractions
Committee: Dr. Ok-Kyeong Kim, Chair, Dr. Jane-Jane Lo, Dr. Theresa Grant, Dr. Kyong Mi Choi
Time/Place: Friday, September 25, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m., Virtual meeting
 
 
Candidate: Peter Grostic
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Teacher Perceptions Regarding the Purpose of K-12 Education
Committee: Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Chair, Dr. Sue Poppink, Dr. Nancy Mansberger
Time/Place: Friday, September 25, 2020, 3 to 5 p.m., Virtual meeting
 
 

Candidate: Jasvir K. Pannu
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Title: Female Graduate Students’ Experiences and Career Orientations in STEM: A Comparative Case Study
Committee: Dr. Brandy Pleasants, Chair, Dr. William Cobern, Dr. Cathryn Bailey, Dr. Cody Williams
Time/Place: Monday, September 28, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Kelly Vigants
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in College of Education and Human Development
Title: Providing Head Start Services Amid the Global Pandemic: Facilitators and Barriers of Capacity, Resources, and Support for Lead Teachers
Committee: Dr. Andrea Smith, Chair, Dr. Regena Nelson, Dr. June Gothberg
Time/Place: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Prashanta Mani Niraula
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics Title: Enhancement of Critical Current in High Temperature Superconductors by Ion Beam Irradiation Induced Defects
Committee: Dr. Asghar Kayani, Chair, Dr. Arthur McGurn, Dr. Lisa Paulius, Dr. Ulrich Welp
Time/Place: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

 

October

 

Candidate: Megan Michalczak
For the degree of: Doctor of Education
Department: Special Education and Literacy Studies
Title: Let’s Talk Fluency: Elementary Educators’ Perceptions of the Impact and Implementation of Fluency Instruction within the Leveled Literacy Intervention Framework
Committee: Dr. Susan Piazza, Co-Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Isidro, Co-Chair, Dr. Shaila Rao, Dr. Alice Hoekstra
Time/Place: Friday, October 2, 2020, 9 to 11 a.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Abdulaziz Alghamdi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Civil and Construction Engineering
Title: Smaller Construction Firms Safety Culture and Climate: Robust Definition, Indicative Categorization, and Tailored Framework
Committee: Dr. Osama Abudayyeh, Chair, Dr. Xiaoyun Shao, Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 9 to 11 a.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Sonia Amin
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Acculturation, Psychological Well-Being and Substance Use Behaviors in Asian Indian Americans
Committee: Dr. Joseph Morris, Chair, Dr. Mary Z. Anderson, Dr. Chien-Juh Gu
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Nicole L. Bradford-Love
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: Cardiac Electrophysiology: Exploring Gender and Racial Outcomes of Paroxysmal and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation using Sotalol and Dofetilide
Committee: Dr. Kieran Fogarty, Chair, Dr. Amos Aduroja, Dr. Nicole Franklin, Dr. Kate MacPhadren
Time/Place: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Pamela R. Schwallier
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learners: Leadership Perceptions on Key Issues
Committee: Dr. LaSonja Roberts, Chair, Dr. Brett Geier, Dr. Kyle Mayer
Time/Place: Friday, October 9, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Ahmad Ali Khalaif Alshawawreh
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Fault Location in Transmission Systems Based on Frequency Domain Modeling and the Two-Dimensional Numerical Laplace Transform
Committee: Dr. Pablo Gomez, Chair, Dr. Damon Miller, Dr. Richard Meyer
Time/Place: Friday, October 9, 2020, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Paula Dennisse Núñez del Rosario
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Novice Second-Career Teachers: Experiences and Meaning-Making of the Transition Process
Committee: Dr. Regena Nelson, Chair, Dr. Patricia Reeves, Dr. Marica Fetters
Time/Place: Friday, October 9, 2020, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Karem Abdelmohsen
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Geological and Environmental Sciences
Title: Response of Deep Aquifers to Climate Variability
Committee: Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Chair, Dr. Matt Reeves, Dr. William Sauck, Dr. Richard Becker
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Benjamin Sanda
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Atmospheric Turbulence Distortion in Video: Restoration Utilizing Sparse Analysis
Committee: Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader, Chair, Dr. Bradley Bazuin, Dr. Valerian Kwigizile
Time/Place: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Haider Mohamed Ali Abrahem Al-khafaf
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Coupled-Inductor Solid-State Circuit Breaker-Based Protection Scheme for MVDC Micro-Grids
Committee: Dr. Johnson Asumadu, Chair, Dr. Pablo Gomez, Dr. Richard Meyer
Time/Place: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4 to 6 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Gregory Dee Greenman II 
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy 
Department: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation 
Title: Understanding the Influence of Interdisciplinary Research: An Examination of Carol Hirschon Weiss’ Scholarship 
Committee: Dr. Daniela Schröter, Chair, Dr. Kathryn Newcomer, Dr. Michael Harnar 
Time/Place: Friday, October 23, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Fehime Utkan
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Title: Objectively Determining the Language-Related Communication Challenges for In-Flight Operations
Committee: Dr. Tycho Fredericks, Chair, Dr. Steven Butt, Dr. William Rantz, Dr. Vladimir Risukhin, Dr. Lee Wells
Time/Place: Monday, October 26, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Amer Kais Obaid Aljumaili
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Automatic Food-Intake Monitoring Based IoT Embedded System for Alzheimer’s Patients
Committee: Dr. Bradley Bazuin, Chair, Dr. Janos Grantner, Dr. Maureen Mickus
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, room capacity is limited to the doctoral committee and invited guests only

 

Candidate: Miguelina Adelaida Coronado Cornelio
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Implementing a Professional Learning Community in a Private School in the Dominican Republic: An Instrumental Case Study
Committee: Dr. Patricia Reeves, Chair, Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Dr. Lisa Ryan
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 3 to 5 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Mohammad Shatnawi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mathematics
Title: On the Local Theory of Profinite Groups
Committee: Dr. Clifton Ealy Jr., Chair, Dr. John Martino, Dr. Jeffry Strom, Dr. Justin Lynd
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 4 to 6 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Hannah G. Pankratz
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Geological and Environmental Sciences
Title: Monitoring Salt Diapir Related Land Deformation and Distribution: A Geophysical and Remote Sensing Approach Jazan Province, Saudi Arabia
Committee: Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Chair, Dr. William Sauck, Dr. Alan Kehew, Dr. Racha El Kadiri
Time/Place: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Pranav Bhale
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Title: The Effect of Manufacturing on the Crystalline and Magnetic Properties of Ni-Mn-Ga Based Heusler Magnetocaloric Alloys
Committee: Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, Chair, Dr. Matt Cavalli, Dr. Jinseok Kim, Dr. Yang Ren
Time/Place: Friday, October 30, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Kemal Burak Bekircan
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Economics
Title: Safe Haven Currency Behavior and International Monetary Interactions
Committee: Dr. Susan Pozo, Chair, Dr. Mark Wheeler, Dr. Menelik Geremew
Time/Place: Friday, October 30, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Esty Haryani
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: The Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Title: Are They Ready? Implementing 21st-Century Learning Skills Integration into Indonesia Science Instruction
Committee: Dr. William Cobern, Chair, Dr. Brandy Pleasants, Dr. Marcia Fetters
Time/Place: Friday, October 30, 2020, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

December

 

Candidate: Keneth Morgan Kwayu
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Civil and Construction Engineering
Title: Data Mining of Unstructured Textual Information in Transportation Safety Domain: Exploring Methods, Opportunities and Limitations
Committee: Dr. Valerian Kwigizile, Chair, Dr. Jun-Seok Oh, Dr. Kevin Lee
Time/Place: Friday, December 4, 2020, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Zanovia Tucker
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: The Lived Experiences of African American Counselors: An Exploration of Their Reactions to Trauma Survivors
Committee: Dr. Glinda Rawls, Chair, Dr. Stephen Craig, Dr. Patricia Reeves
Time/Place: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 3 to 5 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

Candidate: Bethel McGrew
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mathematics
Title: From Multi-Prime Labelings to Subset Labelings of Graphs
Committee: Dr. Ping Zhang, Chair, Dr. Gary Chartrand, Dr. Patrick Bennett, Dr. Ebrahim Salehi
Time/Place: Friday, December 18, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting

 

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