2019 Winter commencement doctorates

All Candidates for Graduation

Doctoral Degrees

Commencement ceremonies
Graduates, family members, faculty and staff gather in Lawlor Events Center for commencement ceremonies

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David Zeh, Dean

August 2019 Doctoral Degree Candidates for Graduation
Name Degree Graduation Date Major Dissertation Title
Ahmet Aksoy Doctor of Philosophy August Computer Science and Engineering Network Traffic Fingerprinting using Machine Learning and Evolutionary Computing
John Jeffery Auer IV Doctor of Philosophy August Geography Movement and Change: Perspectives on Urban Gay Tourism and Gay Community Building of the Past
Sepideh Bahrami Doctor of Philosophy August Hydrology Global Ensemble Streamflow and Flood Modeling with Application of Big Data Analytics, Deep Learning, and GIS
Behnaz Balmaki Doctor of Philosophy August Geology Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction Using Microfossils
Nicholas D. Beres Doctor of Philosophy August Atmospheric Science Deposition of light-absorbing aerosols on snow: method development and changes to snow optical and radiative properties
Richard Keegan Brizendine Doctor of Philosophy August Biochemistry The Interactions of Smooth, Skeletal, and Cardiac Myosin Filaments with Actin Provide Evidence for a Novel Mixed-Kinetic Model of Actomyosin Mechanochemistry
Gökhan Çetin Doctor of Philosophy August Electrical Engineering Resilient Controller Design and Resource Allocation for Networked Control Systems
Zong-Liang Chang Doctor of Philosophy August Cellular and Molecular Biology Development of SD-1 into a non-hormonal male contraceptive drug
Nathan J. Chellman Doctor of Philosophy August Hydrology Holocene records of climate and pollution from the Northern Rocky Mountains: Integrating perspectives from glacial ice, lake sediments, and tree rings
Lee Arthur Conley Doctor of Education August Education A Study of Relationships among Teachers’ Beliefs about Learner-Centered Instruction and Teachers’ Beliefs about Principal’s Leadership Practices
Prerna Dabral Doctor of Philosophy August Cellular and Molecular Biology Regulation of Replication and Translation during KSHV life Cycle
Theodore Dingemans Doctor of Philosophy August Geography An intersection of climate, history and landscape use: 3000 years of central Italian environmental change
Helen W. Dow Doctor of Philosophy August Geology Quantification of internal system dynamics and external forcing in bedrock river networks
Cody J. Farnworth Doctor of Education August Education
Jeremy J. Fodor Doctor of Philosophy August Cellular and Molecular Biology Metabolic regulators of sleep
Travis Hagner Doctor of Philosophy August Political Science Developing a Virtual Constituency
Manish Jain Doctor of Philosophy August Materials Science and Engineering Study of the Stability, Structure and Properties of Pseudo-morphically Transformed bcc Mg in Mg/X (X=Nb) Multilayered Nanocomposites
Vijay Khanal Doctor of Philosophy August Chemical Engineering Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Characterization of Tantalum Oxide Nanoparticles and their Nitrogen Derivatives
Richard Lohaus Doctor of Philosophy August Biochemistry Camelina sativa: a promising oilseed for producing biofuels on marginal lands: Field production and characterization of a low-pectin seed mutan
Chao Lu Doctor of Philosophy August Geo-Engineering Analysis of The Effects of Thermal History of The Strata upon Temperature Variations in Underground Airways
Marina Ann MacLean Doctor of Philosophy August Biochemistry Specialized Enzymes in Insect Lipid Metabolism
Raju Mainali Doctor of Philosophy August Economics Essays on Public Economics and Spatial Econometrics
Dhurba Neupane Doctor of Philosophy August Environmental Sciences Discerning Agronomic Best Management Practices for the Bioenergy Crop Camelina: A focus on Water Requirements, Sowing Date and Method, and Nitrogen Application Rate in the Semiarid Environment of Northern Nevada
Mohamed A. Nimeri Doctor of Philosophy August Civil and Environmental Engineering Statistical Validation Implementation in Pavement Construction Projects
Paulo A. Regis Doctor of Philosophy August Computer Science and Engineering Smart-Cities Enabled by Heterogeneous Networks
Talia Retter Doctor of Philosophy August Neuroscience Perceptual responses to color in the human cortex
Benjamin S. Reynolds Doctor of Philosophy August Psychology The Role of Tonal Memory in Learning Novel Musical Tasks on Theremin
Bethany Frances Sheridan Doctor of Philosophy August Education The Impact of Nature Based Guidance Lessons on Third Grade Students' Anxiety and Connection to Nature
Elmira Shoushtarirezvani Doctor of Philosophy August Civil and Environmental Engineering Shake Table Studies of a Steel Girder Bridge System with ABC Connections
Quan Sun Doctor of Philosophy August Economics Essays on Local Public Finance and Financial Behavior
Zhiheng Zhou Doctor of Philosophy August Psychology An fMRI study of object recognition and cerebral laterality
December 2019 Doctoral Degree Candidates for Graduation
Name Degree Major Dissertation Title
Matthew E. Aguirre Doctor of Philosophy Education Experiences of Latinx DACA Students while Navigating a Four-Year College in a Politicized National Climate
Thouraya A. Al-Nasser Doctor of Philosophy Psychology
Kathryn S. Allen Doctor of Philosophy Speech Pathology Influence of High-flow Oxygen on Laryngeal Vestibule Kinematics During Swallowing in Healthy Adults
Khalid Bakhshaliyev Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering
Pamela Barraza-Flores Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Laminin as a therapeutic target for muscular dystrophies
Julie L. Begbie Doctor of Philosophy Education Reading Motivation as a Moderator for Adolescent Literacy Outcomes
Luoxia Cao Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering Understanding Deformation Mechanisms in Architectural Nanomaterials by Predictive Modeling and Simulations
Farzaneh Chalyavi Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Good Vibrations: Reliable Vibrational Probes for Investigating Structure and Dynamics in Biomolecules
Christian David Copley-Salem Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Inflammatory Mediators in Myometrial Distension
Natalie E. Davenport Doctor of Philosophy Anthropology Naming, Remembering, and Experiencing Wel mel ti (northern Washoe) Cultural Spaces in Wa she she It Deh (Washoe Land)
Julia M. Duncan Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry
Anne E. Espeset Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Butterfly colors and global change: anthropogenic influence on a sexually-selected wing trait in the cabbage white butterfly
Jon M. Evasovic Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Interleukin-17A and Transforming Growth Factor-β Regulate microRNA-mediated Airway Smooth Muscle Function in Asthma
Keveen James Flieth Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry A Practical Formal Enantioselective Synthesis of Triptonide and Triptolide
Mariluz C. Garcia Doctor of Philosophy Education Using Critical Race Theory to Explore the Social and Academic Experiences of Black Transracial Adoptees at Four-Year Institutions
Amir Ghasemkhani Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering Stochastic Learning and Optimization with Imperfect Data in Cyber-Physical Systems
Yang Han Doctor of Philosophy Atmospheric Science Assessment of Liquefaction, Subsequent Catalytic Deoxygenation and Environmental Impacts for the Production of Biofuels from Marine Microalgae
Jeremy Jean Iratcabal Doctor of Philosophy Physics Experimental Investigations of Carbon and Titanium Molecular Species in Laser Ablation Plumes
Ann Elizabeth Jones Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Sexual Assault on College Campuses: An Investigation of Psychological Well-Being and Disclosure and Reporting Behaviors of Female Victims
Suyesh Koyu Doctor of Philosophy Physics Noise-induced coherent dynamics of multilevel quantum systems driven by incoherent light: A case study of the three-level V-system
Brian M. Lee Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Recidivism risk measurement and social psychological relationships
Lin Li Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Biomass Density-Function Relationships in Activated Sludge Process
Marshall B. Liddle Doctor of Philosophy Atmospheric Science
Yi-Jyun Lin Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Identifying Causal Paths Linking Climatic Vulnerability to Civil Unrest
Joseph E. Lykes Doctor of Philosophy Education
Di Ma Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Sciences A development of natural rubber extraction from Ericameria nauseosa (rabbitbrush)
Gilberto Martinez Esparza Doctor of Philosophy Geology Productive Versus Non-productive Porphyry Systems Surrounding The Peñasquito Diatreme-Porphyry System, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Caitlin Lee McLean Doctor of Philosophy Psychology An Experimental Analysis of Acceptance vs. Change Skills for Emotions in Adults with Stress- and Trauma-related Problems
Frank Merksamer Doctor of Philosophy English Return of the Pre-Colonial Environment? Land Questions and the Environmental Imagination of Nationhood in Southern African Literature.
Luna N. Ngeljaratan Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Structural Health Monitoring and Seismic Response Assessment of Civil Infrastructure using Target-Tracking Digital Image Correlation
Iman Niazazari Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Robust Event Classification in Power Grids using Machine Learning Algorithms
Ian K. Pierce Doctor of Philosophy Geology
Seyed Mehdi Rahimi Doctor of Philosophy Biomedical Engineering FingerEye: An Electrotactile-mechanism Enabled Adaptive Sensory-substitution Aid for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Sandra Rodriguez Doctor of Philosophy Education
Vahid Sarfi Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Optimal Volt/VAR Control and Power Dispatch in Active Distribution Systems
Deborah Nicole Shaw Doctor of Philosophy Education
Vijayakumar Sundaram Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Developing Ozone-Biofiltration Treatment Processes for Potable Reuse Applications
Marissa A. Tsugawa Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering Testing an Identity-Based Motivation Conceptual Framework for Engineering Graduate Students
Zachary D. Wahrenburg Doctor of Philosophy Biochemistry Dissecting the transcriptional regulatory network underlying plant wound polyester biosynthesis
Michael Walley Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Underutilized Dieneophiles: Asymmetric Diels-Alder Reaction of Ynone and Ynonates with Oxygen-Functionalized Dienes
Fangxi Wang Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering Energetics of {10-12} twin nucleation and growth in magnesium and alloys using density functional theory and atomistic simulation
Yongbo Xue Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology Transcriptional and post-translational mechanisms that control circadian behavior in Drosophila
Weixin Yang Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Adaptive Path Following of the Biomorphic Hyper-Redundant Snake Robot in Unconstructed Environments
December 2019 Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidates for Graduation
Name Degree Major
Elizabeth S. Cogan Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Maria Poggio D'Errico Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Jennifer L. Farrell Burns Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Gianpaolo Femino Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Manbir Goraya Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Megumi Ishii Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Barbara Jachniewicz Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Vicky Lang-Catlin Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Kevin Tsui Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice