Current Dissertation Defenses

June 2022

Candidate: Cherelle Singleton
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Power, Privilege, and Permission: A Qualitative Study of the Perspectives of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Who Serve Racially Diverse Clients
Committee: Dr. Regina Garza Mitchell, Chair, Dr. D. Eric Archer, Dr. Glinda Rawls
Time/Place: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., 4550 Sangren Hall

Candidate: Om Bhadra Khanal
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics
Title: Probing the Equation of State of Neutron Stars with Heavy Ion Collisions
Committee: Dr. Zbigniew Chajecki, Chair, Dr. Michael Famiano, Dr. Elena Litvinova, Dr. Alfredo Estrade Vaz
Time/Place: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., 2202 Everett Tower

Candidate: Mohamed Ahmed Madi Bin Alhaj
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Civil and Construction Engineering
Title: A Mobile Crowdsourcing-Based Framework for Occupant-Centric Facility Maintenance Management
Committee: Dr. Hexu, Liu, Chai, Dr. Alvis Fong, Dr. Yufeng Hu, Dr. Osama Abudayyeh
Time/Place: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

Candidate: Dev R. Sadaula
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics
Title: Time-Dependent Photoionization Modeling of Warm Absorbers in Active Galactic Nuclei
Committee: Dr. Manuel Bautista, Chair, Dr. Kirk Korista, Dr. Zbigniew Chajecki, Dr. Timothy Kallman
Time/Place: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m., 2202 Everett Tower

Candidate: Kathrine Choura Branch
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: A Qualitative Case Study of Health-Related Baccalaureate and Graduate Web-Based Simulated Clinical Learning Platforms
Committee: Dr. Wanda Hadley, Chair, Dr. Joseph Kretovics, Dr. June Gothberg
Time/Place: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

Candidate: Manuel António Soque
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Political Science
Title: The Politics of Authoritarian Resilience in Angola from 1992-2017: Co-optation, Repression, and Service Provision in Five Provinces
Committee: Dr. Jim Butterfield, Chair, Dr. Priscilla Lambert, Dr. Susan Hoffman, Dr. Anne Pitcher
Time/Place: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2 to 4 p.m., 3301 Friedmann Hall

Candidate: Khushi Bhatt
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics
Title: Studying the Process Responsible for the Synthesis of Hg-196 at Astrophysically Relevant Energies through (p, γ), (p, n) and (p, α) Reactions
Committee: Dr. Michael Famiano, Chair, Dr. Zbigniew Chajecki, Dr. Elena Litvinova, Dr. Ramakrishna Guda
Time/Place: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 10 a.m. to noon, 2202 Everett Tower

Candidate: Simin Masihi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Development of Smart Wearable Sensory Systems on Flexible and Fabric Platforms for Health Monitoring Applications
Committee: Dr. Massood Atashbar, Chair, Dr. Bradley Bazuin, Dr. Paul Fleming, Dr. Binu Narakathu, Dr. Dinesh Maddipatla
Time/Place: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/3b45LLp)

Candidate: Abi Narayan Chamlagai
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Political Science
Title: The Breakdown of Democracy in Nepal: A Comparative Study Between 1960 and 2002
Committee: Dr. Priscilla Lambert, Chair, Dr. Jim Butterfield, Dr. Y.K. Wang, Dr. Ali Riaz
Time/Place: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting (Link: https://wmich.webex.com/meet/abinarayan.chamlagai)

Candidate: Mary Ebejer
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Graduate Student Self-Determination as a Writer, Need for Cognition, and Sense of Belonging as Predictors of Confidence in Program Completion
Committee: Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Chair, Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, Dr. Sharon Field
Time/Place: Thursday, June 30, 2022, Noon to 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

July 2022

Candidate: Danni Xie
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemical and Paper Engineering
Title: Low-Energy Fractionation of Woody Biomass and Tandem Preservation of Lignin and Carbohydrates
Committee: Dr. Qiang Yang, Chair, Dr. Mert Atilhan, Dr. Chang Geun Yoo
Time/Place: Friday, July 1, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/3bhHba1)

Candidate: Andrew Wyman
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences
Title: Additive Metal Deposition Feedback Optimization for the 3D Hybrid Metal Printer
Committee: Dr. Pavel Ikonomov, Chair, Dr. Mitchel Keil, Dr. Daniel Kujawski
Time/Place: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 8 to 10 a.m., Virtual Meeting (Meeting link)

Candidate: Christopher D. Bozell
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Counseling Supervisors’ Experiences Facilitating Supervisees’ Cultural Competence
Committee: Dr. Gary Bischof, Chair, Dr. Stephen Craig, Dr. Michele McGrady
Time/Place: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m., Virtual meeting

Candidate: Eunju Choi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Relative Effects of Self-Paced and Machine-Paced Learning under Computer-Based Training
Committee: Dr. Douglas Johnson, Chair, Dr. Heather McGee, Dr. Jonathan Baker, Dr. Anna McCalpin
Time/Place: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 4 to 6 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/39dYhF4)

Candidate: Semsi Coskun
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Title: Peridynamic Modeling of Crack Propagation in Brittle Materials with Electromechanical Coupling
Committee: Dr. Jinseok Kim, Chair, Dr. Judah Ari-Gur, Dr. Daniel Kujawski, Dr. Peter Gustafson, Dr. Michael Powell
Time/Place: Friday, July 8, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/3QSOHIq)

Candidate: Yunzheng Zheng
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Three Essays on Social Networks and Schools
Committee: Dr. Jianping Shen, Chair, Dr. LaSonja Roberts, Dr. Ángel Gullón-Rivera
Time/Place: Friday, July 8, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://wmich.webex.com/meet/jianping.shen)

Candidate: Duo He
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemical and Paper Engineering
Title: The Fractionation of Woody Biomass with Bifunctional Aryl Sulfonic Acids at Mild Conditions
Committee: Dr. Qiang Yang, Chair, Dr. Paul Fleming, Dr. Ruoxi Ma
Time/Place: Friday, July 8, 2022, 2 to 4 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/3bvWyf9)

Candidate: David Moussa Salazar
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Title: Integrated Global Flow Diagnostics in Experimental Fluid Mechanics
Committee: Dr. Tianshu Liu, Chair, Dr. William Liou, Dr. Parviz Merati, Dr. Dewei Qi
Time/Place: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://bit.ly/3NYU5Yb)

Candidate: Katherine Brown
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Sociology
Title: The Violence Against Women Act, Intersectional Negligence, and State Crime: A Case of Systemic Racism in Federal Law Development
Committee: Dr. Angela Moe, Chair, Dr. Susan Carlson, Dr. Ron Kramer, Dr. Brooke Wagner
Time/Place: Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1 to 3 p.m., Virtual meeting

August 2022

Candidate: Kevin A. Simmons
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Understanding the Aspirations and Challenges of Michigan’s Black School Superintendents: A Toolkit for Building Equity in the Superintendency
Committee: Dr. Brett Geier, Chair, Dr. Wanda Hadley, Dr. Craig Korpela
Time/Place: Monday, August 1, 2022, 10 a.m. to noon, Virtual meeting (Link: https://wmich.webex.com/meet/brett.geier)

Candidate: Tabitha DiBacco
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: A Two-Session ACT Intervention with Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Committee: Dr. Amy Naugle, Chair, Dr. Scott Gaynor, Dr. Brooke Smith, Dr. Lisa Singleterry
Time/Place: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Virtual meeting (Link: https://wmich.webex.com/meet/tabitha.dibacco)

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