Best Dissertation Award Winners

The committee selected two Best Dissertations for the Spring/Summer 2020 competition. The Best Dissertation Award went to the following students:

Spring 2020

  • Aseem Chawla, Ph.D.
    Advisor Dr. Jeffrey Rimer
    Department Chemical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Controlling Microporous and Mesoporous Domains in Zeolite Crystallization
  • Musa Ozturk, Ph.D.
    Advisor Dr. Nuri Ince
    Department Biomedical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Pharmacological and Electroceutical Modulations of Local Field Potentials in Parkinson’s Disease

Past Winners

Summer/Fall 2019

  • Jie Chen, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Jae-Hyun Ryou
    Department Materials Science and Engineering
    Dissertation Title Flexible Piezoelectric Generators and Pulse Sensors Using Single-Crystalline III-N Thin Films
  • Fang Hao, Ph.D.
    Second Place
    Advisor Dr. Yan Yao
    Department Electrical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Materials and Interfacial Engineering for High-Performance All Solid-State Batteries
  • Donghwan Kim
    Donghwan Kim, Ph.D.
    Second Place
    Advisor Dr. Hyongki Lee
    Department Geosensing Systems Engineering
    Dissertation Title Ensemble Learning Regression for Estimating River Discharge Using Remotely Sensed Data and Hydrological Model

Spring 2019

  • Chih-Hao Liu, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Kirill V. Larin
    Department Biomedical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Translational Optical Coherence Elastography
  • Wenbo Luo, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam
    Department Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Fabrication and Electromechanical Study of Symmetric Tape Round (STAR) ReBCO Wires

Summer/Fall 2018

  • Kyoseung Sim, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Cunjiang Yu
    Department Materials Science and Engineering
    Dissertation Title Materials and Manufacture of Soft and Curvilinear Electronics

Spring 2018

  • Manmohan Singh, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Kirill V. Larin
    Department Biomedical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Quantifying Tissue Biomechanical Properties with Noncontact Dynamic Optical Coherence Elastography
  • Jun Mao, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Kenneth White and Dr. Zhifeng Ren
    Department Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Defect Engineering in Thermoelectric Materials
  • Chong Dai, Ph.D.
    Second Place
    Advisor Dr. Yandi Hu
    Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Dissertation Title Heterogeneous Nucleation, Growth, and Recrystallization of Nanoparticles under Environmentally Relevant Conditions

Summer/Fall 2017

  • Rui Li, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Jeffrey D. Rimer
    Department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Dissertation Title Multifaceted Approaches to Tailor Zeolite Properties and Elucidate the Role of Precursors in Nonclassical Crystallization
  • Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam
    Department Materials Science and Engineering
    Dissertation Title Structural and Electromagnetic Study of Heavily Doped ZR-Added Rebco Coated Conductors Fabricated by Reel-to-Reel MOCVD

Spring 2017

  • Katy N. Olafson, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Peter G. Vekilov and Dr. Jeffrey D. Rimer
    Department Chemical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Deciphering the Molecular Interactions between Antimalarials and Hematin Crystal Surfaces

Summer/Fall 2016

  • Fatemeh Ahmadpoor, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Pradeep Sharma
    Department Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Statistical Mechanics of 2D Materials: From Biological Membranes to Graphene

Summer/Fall 2015

  • Maruti K. Mudunuru, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Kalayana B. Nakshatrala
    Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Dissertation Title On Enforcing Maximum Principles and Element-wise Species Balance for Advective-Diffusive-Reactive Systems
  • Nikhil Walani, Ph.D.
    First Place
    Advisor Dr. Ashutosh Agrawal
    Department Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation Title Mechanics of Cellular Transport