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Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700
gradinfo@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700
gradinfo@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Defense Announcements

There are three phases to a dissertation defense:

Public Presentation of the Dissertation and Defense

In the public lecture or presentation, the candidate is expected to share the results of his or her dissertation research with the dissertation committee and audience. This presentation may vary in length depending on the circumstances and discipline. At the end of this public presentation, members of the dissertation committee, as well as members of the audience are encouraged to direct questions to the candidate pertaining to the research.

The Dissertation Committee's Meeting with the Candidate

At the conclusion of the public presentation and defense, the dissertation committee members will meet privately with the candidate to pose further questions about the candidate's research or to address issues related to the dissertation manuscript. The dissertation committee can ask the candidate to address these additional questions or changes to the manuscript. The dissertation committee chair presides at this meeting.

Evaluation of the Candidate's Performance

Upon completion of the public presentation and defense and the private meeting, the dissertation committee members, in the absence of the candidate and the audience, discuss the candidate's performance and decide whether or not she or he has passed the defense. The committee chair or one of the co-chairs leads the discussion and communicates the result to the candidate.

Defense information

Defense date, time and room number:

  • 9/28/20
    • Theodore Kim at 8:15 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Applying Machine Learning to Predict Amateur Golf Swing Outcome on an Edge Device 

  • 9/18/20
    • Vian Sabeeh at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • Machine learning and deep learning - assisted enhanced fake news detection model for the social media platforms

  • 9/11/20
    • Mansour Alshaikhsaleh at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • Semantic Network Analysis For Operating System Privacy & Security Of Twitter Data 

  • 8/21/20
    • Deborah Teolis at 1 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • A qualitative study was conducted examining the role of participation for children aged five to ten years in elite extracurricular activities and the development of rituals, routines, and relationships in families. 

  • 8/17/20
    • Richard Powell at 10 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Education: Counseling
      • In this study, a structural equation model including the just world belief, injustice, the interaction between just world belief and injustice, and parenting style, was tested for fit in predicting compassion in a sample of 201 counseling student participants.  

  • 8/14/20
    • Kathryn Pozniak at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Education: Counseling 
      • The research questions in this dissertation sought to increase understanding of the relationship between working alliance and client outcome in a practicum setting, and how these constructs impact CIT’s systemic thinking abilities.  
    • Reihaneh Hariri at 2 PM via Google Meet 
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • This dissertation introduces techniques that address assurance for CPS in face of uncertainty in both data and analytic techniques. 

  • 8/12/20
    • Srecko Zdravkovic at 1 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • A design methodology and experimentally validated FEA model for the SPR process are being proposed. Innovative experimental procedures of defining friction, material work hardening and fracture parameters have been developed.  

  • 8/11/20
    • Andrew Holub at 10 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Psychology
      • In humans, the conception rate (per copulation) is 6% for nonconsensual copulations and 3% for consensual copulations. Men may adjust their ejaculates. Here I report that men do not produce higher-quality ejaculates when primed with nonconsensual sexual activity. 
    • Ali Alqahtani at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • This research introduces a new demodulation technique for OQPSK modulated signal and lightweight solution for detecting the corrupted received signal and reducing the phase deviation error. 

  • 7/29/20
    • Aljwhrh Almtrf at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • The new proposed access control architecture will be a web service gateway, and it is published as a service (SaaS). 

  • 7/20/20
    • Yasamin Alagrash at 11 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • We developed a machine learning approach integrated with deception mechanisms as a decoy process that characterizes user tasks through resource utilization to detect malware. We found that many routine user tasks retain their resource utilization patterns in real time system. 

  • 7/9/20 
    • Adam Tratner at 10 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Psychology
      • This research investigated whether religiosity varies under skewed sex ratios. Results of a cross-sectional study and an experiment showed that young, single adults emphasize religiosity under male-skewed sex ratios, and deemphasize religiosity under female-skewed sex ratios.  
    • Wensheng Zhang at 2 PM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • This research found a metrology to predefine a friction requirement and a robust “engineered refiles”/ “engineered coated washer” to provide a robust high temperature bolted joint design. 

  • 7/8/20 
    • Sinsery Ria Gardner at 10 AM via WebEx
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • The purpose of this qualitative study is to gain an understanding of fathers’ perceptions of their involvement in their children’s preschool education. Fathers described their involvement at home and in school. 

  • 7/7/20
    • Haissam Badih at 11 AM via Google Meet
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics
      • We propose defensive deception mechanisms in a series of interactions that lead to the use of a decoy I/O device and server, a decoy smart contract and decoy key management server case study. Our approach combines blockchain concepts, smart contracts, with key management methods.  

  •  7/1/20
    • Steven Thrush at 1 PM 
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Nanoparticles have the potential to become a new classification of lubricating oil additives. A kinetic model was developed to predict tribosintering antiwear film formation as a function of temperature and load. 

  •  6/30/20
    • Jane Windell at 1 PM via WebEx
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • The purpose of this study was to learn what early interventionists do in their work and how they have learned to do their jobs. Findings indicate that early interventionists have followed different career pathways and that the work of early interventionists is complex.

  •  6/8/20
    • Josua Illian at 2 PM
      • PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences 
      • A generalization of the classical determinantal varieties, double determinantal varieties are defined by minors from two different matrix flattenings of a 3-dimensional tensor of variables. We show these minors form a Gröbner basis and give some applications and interpretations.

  •  4/23/20
    • Tiffany Williams at 11 AM
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • This study examined the lived experiences of first-generation students of color in a college readiness program, how they made meaning of their experiences and the impact on their sense of belonging. I conclude that the intervention had a positive influence on students.

  •  4/10/20
    • Berkely Browne at 12:30 PM
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • This research explored how Black women medical students attending White medical schools experience well-being. Findings showed participants redefined well-being from particular self-care activities to psychological safety once medical school started.

  • 3/23/20
    • Steven Louis at 3 PM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • The case study focuses on the development of a spectrum analyzer using a spin torque nano-oscillator.

  • 3/13/20
    • Elizabeth Gibbs at 2 PM in 488 PH
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership 
      • The case study examined one such course at a Midwestern research commuter university to assess differences in the experience between traditional and non-traditional students, to better understand the way such a course can aid in retention and persistence of future students. 

  • 3/12/20 
    • Brian Wu at 10 AM in 384 MSC
      • PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences
      • Big time series data with tens of thousands of time points involve complex statistical modeling. Minimizing Information Criteria (IC), such as AIC, AICC or BIC, is used for model order identification. 
    • Kristy Spann at 11 AM in 224 PH
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership
      • If a goal is to prepare students for a globally-diverse world where social injustices are minimized, then it is important to understand and consider the preparation for and development of teachers who embrace this vision of education. 

  • 3/11/20 
    • Whitney Dominick at 10 AM in PH conference room
      • PhD in Psychology 
      • Dolphins have been explicitly linked to psychological healing in children and interactions with marine life have led to greater conservation knowledge and attitudes. The link between dolphins, psychological healing, and education have led to the development of many recreational swim-with-dolphin programs and therapeutic Dolphin Assisted Therapy programs (DAT). 
    • Amal Alharthi at 1 PM in 436 PH
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education 
      • Interviews were conducted with nine parents and nine kindergarten teachers to learn their perceptions of the peer relationships of Dual Language Learners (DLL) and ways to facilitate positive interactions with same language and English-only peers.

  • 3/9/20 
    • Awatef Balobaid at 12 PM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics 
      • Cloud computing has gained enormous prominence in recent years and has become an increasingly viable solution, not only for larger firms, but also for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are seen as the foundation and driving force behind many of the world's emerging and developed economies.

  • 3/5/20 
    • Wan Xu at 10 AM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
      • Aluminum alloys (AA) are widely used in automobile industry as lightweight materials attributed to the high strength to weight ratios and superior formability. Bending is a common and vital process in the sheet metal forming. It is one of the most important formability characteristics in sheet metal forming, so it must be understood for robust aluminum stamping process designs.
    • Zhixin Lun at 10:15 AM in 384 MSC
      • PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences 
      • We study and develop some simulation and missing data imputation methods for non-normal distributions. First, we introduce an R package to generate random numbers from multivariate Lomax distribution which constitutes a very flexible family of skewed multivariate distributions. In the second part, we study a connection from Lomax to exponential distribution through the limiting distribution of a Lomax distribution scaled by its shape parameter. The last part of our work is about imputation for non-normal multivariate continuous data.

  • 3/4/20
    • Zijun Han at 3 PM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics
      • Parallelization of the legacy programs is on huge demand as multi-core platforms are pervasively adopted in many sectors of industry. In order to take advantage of multi-core computing resources, three steps are required: discovery, planning, and implementation.

  • 3/3/20
    • Nabil Almashfi at 12 PM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics
      • JavaScript is a client-side scripting language that is used to power the dynamic behavior on most websites. It poses a great challenge to static analysis due to its dynamic and flexible nature. Despite its popularity and widespread use, JavaScript suffers from the lack of adequate tool support.
    • Sarah Guadalupe at 1 PM in 436 PH
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education
      • The incidence of autism spectrum disorder is steadily increasing. Currently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019) 1 in every 59 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It is imperative that children whom are suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder or whom have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder receive services and supports as early as possible.
    • Cynthia Clark at 3:30 PM in 224 PH
      • PhD in Education: Early Childhood Education
      • Trends toward increased focus on academics in U.S. schools have impacted children’s opportunity for play, and children are spending more time in kindergarten classrooms today than decades past. Kindergarten teacher views researched in this study provide insights about the availability of play areas, time spent on child-directed activities relative to teacher directed activities, and teachers’ value of self-regulation readiness skills relative to academic readiness skills.
    • Yu Liu at 4 PM in 488 PH
      • PhD in Literacy, Culture, and Language
      • To better understand American Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) learners’ motivation, this study develops a Motivation Questionnaire for Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language (MQ-LCFL) guided by Dörnyei (2005). The process of developing the MQ-LCFL tested a synthesis of items that were adapted from Taguchi et al. (2009) and Gardner (2004).

  • 2/21/20
    • Tianwu Li at 3 PM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
      • Novel experimentally validated model is proposed for the effect of mean stress on high cycle fatigue performance of preloaded threaded fasteners. The proposed model is compared with commonly used methods by Goodman, Gerber, Morrow, Soderberg, and the ASME standards. Model prediction of fatigue performance is closer to experimental data.

  • 2/6/20
    • David Tindall at 1 PM in 494 PH
      • PhD in Education: Educational Leadership
      • Over the last 40 years, state funding for public higher education has steadily decreased, which has led to increased tuition for students and the need for more external funding. The need for outside funding has put additional demands on university development offices to seek more support. As development offices face greater demands to support the institution, constituents, especially alumni, need to participate at a greater level.

  • 1/24/20 
    • Nicole Barbaro at 1 PM in Lake Superior Room, Oakland Center
      • PhD in Psychology
      • The goals of the current research were to assess the associations between attachment orientations and intimate partner violence from an individual approach (to replicate previous research), a dyadic approach (to contribute valuable data on a dyadic phenomenon), and a behavior genetic approach (to partition covariance) to comprehensively understand the nature of these associations.

  • 1/10/20
    • Sara Sutton at 9 AM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics
      • Decoy targets such as honeypots and decoy I/O are characterized by a higher accuracy in detecting intrusions than anomaly, misuse, and specification-based detectors. Unlike these detectors, decoy targets do not attack an activity classification problem, i.e. they do not attempt to discern between normal activity and malicious activity. By design, decoy targets do not initiate system or network activity of their own, consequently any operation on a decoy target is unequivocally detected as malicious.

  • 1/8/20
    • Abdelnasser Banihani at 9 AM in 347 EC
      • PhD in Computer Science and Informatics
      • In the future, location-based service (LBS) may collect frequent precise location (FPL) data from autonomous vehicles (AVs). The more frequent and precise the location data, the more difficult for AVs to protect location privacy. This has been called the FPL problem.