Thesis & Dissertation

Dissertation Defense Announcements

Spring 2016

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College of Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

  • Nair,Prajeeda : Role of plasma FXIII binding on the clot properties of cold-stored platelets
    Date: February 26, 2016
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Mesquite Room 2.01.24
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Anand K. Ramasubramanian, Ph.D. and Andrew P. Cap, M.d. Ph.d.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Collins, James : System to Defend Against Uncertain Cyber Threats in Real-Time Networks and Cloud Environments
    Date: March 29, 2016
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Sos S. Agaian, Ph.D.

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

  • Rahman, Mohammad : Multiscale Modeling of Tissue Growth for Cancer Prognosis
    Date: April 5, 2016
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: EB 3.04.62
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Yusheng Feng, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • Votion, Johnathan : Estimating Operational Status of Agents in Distributed Systems Experiencing Uncertain Communication and Agent Attrition
    Date: April 20, 2016
    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Chunjiang Qian, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • Suleiman, Adnan : Reconfigurable, Scalable Correlator Accelerators for GPS Hardware
    Date: April 25, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Electrical Engineering Department
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: David Akopian, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • Maleki, Milad : VLSI Design For Reliability and Security In Nanoscale Technolgy 
    Date: April 20, 2016
    Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Location:  BSE 1.412
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Wei-Ming Lin, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

  • Torres, Nelson : Repositionable Drug Candidates, Synergies, and a New Model of In-Vitro Biofilm Formation
    Date: May 9, 2016
    Time: 11:00 a.m.
    Location:  AET 1.102F
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Anand K. Ramasubramanian, Ph.D.

College of Business

Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security 

  • Zhang, Xiao (Jerry) : “The Influence of Electronic Word –of-Mouth (eWOM) Skepticism on Perceptions toward Message Credibility and Beneficiary Organization.”
    Date: March 23, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A CS Conference Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Myung Ko, Ph.D. 

Department of Management

  • Stone, Christopher : The Veteran Myth: An Experimental Investigation of Human Resource Managers’ Perceptions of United States Military Veterans
    Date: March 25, 2016
    Time: 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    Location: BB 4.02.10
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mark Lengnick-Hall, Ph.D.

Department of Marketing

  • Gao, Huachao : “Two Essays on the Effect of Power Distance Belief on Consumers’ Status Associated Consumption Behaviors.” 
    Date: April 22, 2016
    Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Location: 4.02.02
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Yinlong Zhang, Ph.D. 

Department of Management

  • Neely, Andrea : “Social Exchange and the Psychological Contract: Is Reciprocity the Exception or the Rule?” 
    Date: April 18, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Location: BB 4.02.10
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mark Lengnick-Hall, Ph.D.

Department of Management

  • Stephanie L. Black : “Cross-cultural differences in professional advice networks: Whom do we turn to for professional advice?”
    Date: April 28, 2016
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: BB 4.02.10
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Michael McDonald, Ph.D.

College of Liberal & Fine Arts

Department of Psychology 

  • Rosen, Kristen : Is there an app for that? An exploratory randomized-controlled trial of app-based mindfulness training for women with breast cancer
    Date: April 1, 2016
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: MH 4.04.26
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H.

College of of Education and Human Development

Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies 

  • Ibarra, Sandra : Language Ideologies of Spanish –Dominant Families as They Seek Spoken Language for their Children with Hearing Impairment: Ethnography of the Journey across Borders and Cultures 
    Date: March 28, 2016
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: DB 3.110
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Armando Trujillo, Ph.D. 

Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies 

  • Idris, Syahrir : The Impact of Globalization, Language Policy, and Language Learning on Identity Construction: An Ethnographic Case Study of High School Students in Bima, Indonesia 
    Date: April 18, 2016
    Time: 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
    Location: MB 2.220
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Juliet Langman, Ph.D. 

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

  • Hawkins, Donald : Designing Mobile Learning Enviroments To Support Teacher-Led Field Trips Within Informal Learning Enviroments
    Date: April 19, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Timothy Yuen, Ph.D. and Vittorio Marone, Ph.D.

Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Curette, Alvin : The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at a Large Texas University: A Cultural Evolution
    Date: March 29, 2016
    Time: 12:00 p.m.
    Location: BVB 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Mark Giles, Ph.D.

Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Neece-Fielder, Kacey : Strategic Planning Within Student Affairs at Four-Year Higher Education Institutions
    Date: April 5, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: BVB 4.350
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Gerry Dizinno, Ph.D.

Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

  • Virak, Chan : Medium-of-Instruction Policy in Cambodia Higher Education 
    Date: April 27, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 3.112A
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Peter Sayer, Ph.D. & Wayne Wright Ph.D. 

Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Palacios, Lisa May : A Journey Into The Lived Experiences of Latina Graduate Students: A Feminist Perspective
    Date: April 14, 2016
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
    Location: FSB 3.516
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Abraham DeLeon, Ph.D., Anne Marie Nunez, Ph.D., &  Felicia Briscoe, Ph.D.

Department of English

  • Moreira, Robert : Mestiza/o Ambidexterity: Agency, Latina/o Differential Movements, and Ideology in Baseball
    Date: April 11, 2016
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: UC 2.03.08 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Ben Olguín, Ph.D.

Department of Counceling

  • Burns, Mario : Enlisted Women Veterans and Employment: A Logistic Regression Analysis
    Date: April 28, 2016
    Time: 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: BV 4.301b
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Shane Haberstroh, Ed.D.

Department of Education and Human Development

  • Vielma, Karina : STEMUJERES: A Case Study of the Life Histories of First-Generation Latina Scientists and Engineers
    Date: April 20, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
    Location: MB 2.220
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mariela Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

  • Wong, Christine : “Sacred Space: Supervisee Experiences of Spirituality in Supervision”
    Date: April 16, 2016
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 1.322
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Janee Avent, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

  • Milligan, Kevin : “The Helpfulness of Discussing Religion and Spirituality while Grieving the Death of a Loved One: A Hierarchical Multiple Linear Regression”
    Date: April 16, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 4.301b
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Thelma Duffey, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

  • Ciepciekinski, Emily : “Client Perceptions of Weight Stigma Among Eating Disorder Professionals: A Phenomenological Study”
    Date: April 16, 2016
    Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: BV 1.322
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Thelma Duffey, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

  • Gonzalez, Clarissa : “The Experiences of Children who Attend Bereavement Camp and the Implications for After Care: A Phenomenological Study”
    Date: April 16, 2016
    Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Location: BV 4.301b
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Thelma Duffey, Ph.D.

Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Martinez, Gloria : La Fortaleza de la Mujer Latina: A Superintendent’s Testimonio
    Date: April 27, 2016
    Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Location: BVB 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Mariela Rodriguez, Ph.D.

College of Public Policy

Department of Demography

  • Gordon, Danielle : Environmental Risk Factors For Childhood Asthma Across Multiple Settings
    Date: April 25, 2016
    Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Johnelle Sparks, Ph.D., Corey Sparks, Ph.D., Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., Gabriela Sanchez-Soto , Ph.D.

Department of Demography

  • Shinaberry, Dan : An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Differentials in Social Network Use and the Subsequent Effects on Biomarker Outcomes for Adolescents in the U.S.
    Date: April 25, 2016
    Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30am
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Johnelle Sparks, Ph.D.

College of Sciences

Department of Computer Science 

  • Zhou, Yang : Video Representation for Fine-Grained Action Recognition
    Date: April 18, 2016
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A-1 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Qi Tian, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science 

  • Pustchi, Navid : Authorization Federation in Multi-Tenant Mulit-Cloud Iaas
    Date: April 20, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A-1 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science 

  • Saleh, Moustafa : Obfuscated Malware Detection and Classification
    Date: April 21, 2016
    Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A-1 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Shouhuai Xu, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science 

  • Pustchi, Navid : Authorization Federation in Multi-Tenant Multi-Cloud Iaas
    Date: April 20, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A-1 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science 

  • Chao Mei : Improving Virtual Reality ASD Intervention Training with 3DUI and 3D Virtual Humans
    Date: April 26, 2016
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: NPB 3.108A-1 
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: John Quarles, Ph.D.

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