Ph.D. Awardees for Spring 2013

Candidates for Advanced Degrees - Doctor of Philosophy

NAN AN
Mechanical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Coupled Chemo-Mechanics of Thermo-Oxidative
Aging in Polymer Matrix Composites
Advisor: Dr. Kishore Pochiraju

SALEM G. BAIDAS
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Treatment of Perchlorate by Quaternary Amine-
Modified Giant Reed and Biodegradation Enriched by
Microbial Cultures
Advisor: Dr. Xiaoguang

YIFEI BAO
Computer Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Detection and Correction of Interference in
Mass Spectrometry Quantitation of Peptides with Potential
Application to Nuclear Pore Complex Studies
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Glavy

ROBERT LOWE BARNETT
School of Systems and Enterprises
Dissertation: The Connotative Meaning of Independence in
System Evaluations
Advisor: Dr. Brian Sauser

JASON BERNARD BIALECKI
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Investigation of Collision-Induced Mass
Spectrometric Fragmentation Pathways of Gaseous-
Ions Derived from Some Compounds of Biological and
Pharmaceutical Significance
Advisor: Dr. Athula Attygalle

QIAO CAI
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Self-Organizing Learning Model for Data Mining
Applications
Advisor: Dr. Hong Man

CHAO CHEN
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Investigation of Primary User Emulation Attack
in Cognitive Radio Networks
Advisor: Dr. Yu-Dong Yao

LONG CHEN
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Dual-Directional Improvement of
Cancer Treatment
Advisor: Dr. Jun Liang

XUENING CHEN
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: A Bottom-up Approach toward the Formation of
Bionimetic Cortical Bone-like Tissues
Advisor: Dr. Hongjun Wang

DENNIS I. COHEN
Physics and Engineering Physics
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Comparison of Polarized Radiative Transfer Programs
with Applications to Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics
Advisor: Dr. Knut Stamnes

THOMAS ANTHONY COLLINS
Physics and Engineering Physics
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Quantum Control of Ultracold Atoms and
Molecules via Linearly Chirped Laser Pulses and Optical
Frequency Combs
Advisor: Dr. Svetlana Malinovskaya

ANA LISBETH CONCHO
School of Systems and Enterprises
Dissertation: Design of Screening and Surveillance Strategies
for Multiple Applications
Advisor: Dr. Jose Ramirez-Marquez

XIAOLING FU
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Biomimetic Skin Tissue Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Hongjun Wang

FANGMING HE
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Physical Security in Wireless Communications
Advisor: Dr. Hong Man

KITHSIRI B. HERATH
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Biosynthetic and Mass Spectrometric Studies
of Fatty Acid Synthesis Inhibitor Platensimycin and Related
Compounds, and Monitoring Lipid Flux by Mass Spectrometry
Advisor: Dr. Athula Attygalle

NANSAI HU
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Investigations of Radio Behavior and Security
Threats in Cognitive Radio Networks
Advisor: Dr. Yu-Dong Yao

LAKSMHI ISWARA CHANDRA VIDYASAGAR
Mathematical Sciences
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: On Component Order Edge Connectivity and
Component Order Edge Reliability
Advisor: Dr. Charles Suffel

CHANYOUNG JEONG
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Nano-Engineering of Superhydrophobic
Aluminum Surfaces for Anti-Corrosion
Advisors: Dr. Chang-Hwon Choi & Dr. Keith Sheppard

YULONG JIN
Information Management
Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
Dissertation: Articulating the Resources for Business Process
Analysis and Design
Advisor: Dr. Edward Stohr

NARENDRA JOSHI
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Hydrodeoxygenation of Pyrolysis Oil in a
Microreactor
Advisor: Dr. Adeniyi Lawal

ANTONIOS PANAGIOTIS KARACHALIOS
Environmental Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Nutrient Removal from Water by Various
Quaternized Wood Agriculture Residues Using a Choline
Based Ionic Liquid Analogue
Advisor: Dr. Mahmoud Wazne

PETER G. KORFIATIS
School of Systems & Enterprises
Dissertation: Development of a Virtual Concept Engineering
Process to Extend Model-Based Systems Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Robert Cloutier

LIANG KUANG
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Data Assimilation of High-Frequency Radar
Surface Currents into a Coastal Ocean Model in
Middle Atlantic Bight
Advisor: Dr. Alan Blumberg

JINWEI LI
Mechanical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Impact of Titanium Dioxide Nanofiber on
Performance of Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
Advisor: Dr. Yong Shi

HONGBO LIU
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Securing Wireless Commodity Devices
Advisor: Dr. Yingying Chen

THOMAS MONZA LONON
Mathematical Sciences
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Option Pricing Utilizing a Jump Diffusion Model
with a Log Mixture Normal Jump Distribution
Advisor: Dr. Ionut Florescu

GUOQI LUO
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Data Hiding for Digital Image and Video
Advisor: Dr. K. P. Subbalakshmi

KRISTI LEE LUTTRELL
Mathematical Sciences
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: On the Neighbor-Component Order Connectivity
Model of Graph Theoretic Networks
Advisors: Dr. Charles Suffel &
Dr. Lawrence William Kazmierczak

ALICIA M. MAHON
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Investigation of the Mechanisms Responsible
for Morphological Change in the Vicinity of Submerged
Geotextiles for Shore Protection
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Herrington

HAO MEN
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation: Robotic Exploration & Mapping: System
and Algorithms
Advisor: Dr. Kishore Pochiraju

DANIEL ADAM MAYER
Computer Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Design and Implementation of Efficient Privacy-
Preserving and Unbiased Reconciliation Protocols
Advisor: Dr. Susanne Wetzel

SOLOMON G. NYAANGA
Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
Dissertation: The Impact of Telecommuting Intensity on
Employee Perceived Outcomes: Job Satisfaction, Productivity,
and the Organizational Commitment
Advisor: Dr. Edward Stohr

AYOKUNLE OLANREWAJU OMOSEBI
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Nano/Micro-Pattering of the Membrane-
Electrocatalyst Layer for Fuel Cell-Applications
Advisor: Dr. Ronald Besser

LUIS F. ORTEGA
School of Systems and Enterprises
Dissertation: A Neuro-Wavelet Model for the Short-Term
Forecasting of High-Frequency Financial Time Series of Stock
Returns
Advisor: Dr. Khaldoun Khashanah

RUBEN PAREDES
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Applied to
Fluid Structure Interaction Problems Involving
Hydroelastic Response
Advisor: Dr. Leonard Imas

SEONG-WOOK PARK
Physics and Engineering Physics
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Tracing Explosives in Solvents Using Q-Macs and
Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy
Advisor: Dr. Rainer Martini

NORAPATH PESIRIKAN
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Characterization of Schwann Cell Sheets Self-
Assembled by Thermo-responsive Substrates and Interaction
with Extracellular Matrices
Advisors: Dr. Nuran Kumbaraci & Dr. Xiaojun Yu

POLINA PINKHASOVA
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Engineering Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Surface
Enhanced Ramon Spectroscopy
Advisors: Dr. Henry Du & Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili

FEI TIAN
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Photonic Crystal Fiber as Lab-in-Fiber Opto-
Fluidic Platform for Sensing and Process Monitoring
Advisors: Dr. Henry Du & Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili

GULSAH TUNA
Environmental Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Tungsten Transport in Soil Systems
Advisor: Dr. Washington Braida

STUART F. VAN WEELE
School of Systems and Enterprises
Dissertation: Optimization of Baggage and Cargo Container
Inspection Strategies via Genetic Algorithms
Advisor: Dr. Jose Ramirez-Marquez

QICHEN WANG
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Micro-Gel Modified Surfaces Inhibit Biomatreials
Associated Infection
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Libera

YI WANG
Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Length Scale Effects on the Differential Adhesion
of Bacteria and Mammalian Cells
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Libera

RU XIAO
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Degradation of Hexahydro -1, 3, 5-Trinitro-1, 3, 5
Triazine (RDX) using Biodegradable Polymer Modified NZVI,
and Platinum and Gold Catalysts in Hydrogen-Saturated Water
Advisor: Dr. Mahmoud Wazne

JIN XU
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Learning in Semi-Supervised Model
and Sparse Model
Advisor: Dr. Hong Man

WEIHE XU
Mechanical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: A Study of Nanoscale Thermoelectric Oxides:
From Fabrication to Characterization
Advisor: Dr. Yong Shi

YAFENG YIN
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Small Human Group Behavior Recognition
Advisor: Dr. Hong Man

WENLIN ZHANG
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Consensus-Based Cooperative Control with
Applications to Robotic and Communication Systems
Advisor: Dr. Yi Guo

ALIAKSANDR ZHUK
Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Sciences
Dissertation: Temperature-Responsive Polymers within Layerby-
Layer Assemblies
Advisor: Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili