Graduate School

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

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:

  • 3/15/22
    • Jeremy Geist at 12 PM in Dodge Hall
      • PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences 
      • Ecology and management of global invader
      • Doctoral committee chair: Scott Tiegs 

  • 3/2/22
    • Mohamed Albira at 2 PM via Zoom & 347 EC
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Robust implementation of the model predictive controller for DC-DC power converters and industrial control applications
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 2/4/22
    • Mohamed O. Khalifa at 3 PM via Zoom  
      • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
      • Cellular 5G and V2X Antennas Design for Automotive Applications
      • Doctoral committee chair: Daniel N. Aloi, Ph.D.

  • 1/26/22
    • Saif Salih at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Intelligent performance, architecture analysis, functional safety metrics of automated steering systems for autonomous vehicles
      • Doctoral committee chair: Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D.

  • 1/19/22
    • Hassan Hijry at 1 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Systems Engineering 
      • Crowding reduction and waiting time analysis in health-care system using a machine learning approach. 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D.

  • 1/15/22
    • Joshua Grekin at 12 PM via Zoom
      • PhD in Music Education
      • This study explored the relationships between individual and group learning in the context of music ensembles in the classroom. Findings enable the conceptualization of the community as an ecosystem, and highlight the benefits of developing a robust awareness of the ecosystem.
      • Doctoral committee chair: Jacqueline Wiggins

  • 1/14/22
    • Ali Tafreshi at 11 AM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Generation of I.C. engine maps and spark timing profiles using machine learning techniques. 
      • Doctoral committee chair: Zissimos P. Mourelatos, Ph.D.
    • Abdulhadi Altherwi at 3 PM via Zoom 
      • PhD in Systems Engineering
      • A meta-heuristic algorithm based on modified global firefly optimization: in supply chain networks with demand uncertainty
      • Doctoral committee chair: Mohamed Zohdy, Ph.D.

  • 1/13/22
    • Shraddha Jagatap at 10 AM via Zoom
      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
      • Process optimization of autoclave bonded light-weight material joints
      • Doctoral committee chair: Sayed Nassar, Ph.D.