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2014 Ph.D. Graduates

Sriya Das

Sriya Das

Dissertation Title “Dispersion and Rheology of Stabilized Graphene Colloids and Gels”
Advisor Dr. Micah J. Green
Current Position Process Engineer
Institution Intel Corporation
Location Portland, OR
Xiaojun Di

Xiaojun Di

Dissertation Title “Investigation of the Cause of the Glass Transition and Size Dependent Melting Behavior”
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position Post-Doctoral Fellow
Institution Yale University
Location New Haven, CT
Qiuying Gu

Qiuying Gu

Dissertation Title “Model-based Strategy for Control of Hydraulic Fracturing Processes”
Advisor Dr. Karlene Hoo
Current Position Sr. Technical Professional
Institution Halliburton
Location Houston, TX
Jihye Kim

Jihye Kim

Dissertation Title “Drop-based Microfluidics and Crystallization Studies”
Advisor Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Current Position RDD Engineer III
Company Baker Hughes
Location Tomball, TX
Lan Ma

Lan Ma

Dissertation Title: “Design of a Continuous-Flow, Immobilized-Cell Fermentor System for Production of Bioethanol”
Advisor: Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Current Position: Biochemical Fermentation Engineer
Institution: CP Kelco
Location: San Diego, CA
Lakshmi K. Muthu Kumar

Lakshmi K. Muthu Kumar

Dissertation Title: “Computational Study of Cello-Oligosaccharide Adsorption/Desorption from the Cellulose Crystal Surface during Enzymatic Hydrolysis”
Advisor: Dr. Rajesh Khare
Deepak E. Solomon

Deepak E. Solomon

Dissertation Title: “Microfluidic Tools for Complex Fluid Rheology and Force Characterization of Micro-Organisms”
Advisor: Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Current Position: Chief Executive Officer
Institution: Neofluidics, Inc.
Location: Amarillo, TX
Timothy M. Spinner

Timothy M. Spinner

Dissertation Title: “Performance Assessment of Multivariate Control Systems”
Advisor: Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Ben Xu

Ben Xu

Dissertation Title Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Small Molecule Glass Formers, Polymers and Organic Crystals
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position Senior Rheologist
Institution Avery Dennison
Location Mentor, Ohio
Rong Xu

Rong Xu

Dissertation Title: “Modeling of Solar Energy Conversion into Hydrogen Energy and Electricity”
Advisor: Dr. Theodore F. Wiesner
Current Position: Research Associate
Institution: Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, TX
Xin Zhang

Xin Zhang

Dissertiation Title: “Fabrication and Characterization of Micro- or Nano-Scale Organic Energetic Materials”
Advisor: Dr. Brandon Weeks
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate
Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Richland, WA
Haoyu Zhao

Haoyu Zhao

Dissertation Title: “Nanoconfined MMA Polymerization and Structural Recovery in Ge-Se Glasses”
Advisor: Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate
Institution: Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, TX
Jing Zhao

Jing Zhao

Dissertation Title: “Dynamics Below the Glass Transition Temperature and Viscoelastic and Calorimetric Investigation of Different Fossil Resins”
Advisor: Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate
Institution: University of Akron/NIST
Location: Gaithersburg, MD

2013 Ph.D. Graduates

Sanjoy Bhattacharia

Sanjoy Bhattacharia

Dissertation Title Kinetics of Energetic Material: Investigation of Sublimation and Decomposition
Advisor Dr. Brandon Weeks
Current Position Post-Doctoral Associate with Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Institution Texas Tech University
Location Lubbock, Texas
Swastika Bithi

Swastika Bithi

Dissertation Title Engineering a Drop-Based Microfluidic Platform with Functionalities of Well Plates and Pipetting System
Advisor Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Current Position Instructor
Institution Texas Tech University
Location Lubbock, Texas
Brian Bullecks

Brian Bullecks

Dissertation Title Rapid Fault Detection and Mitigation Strategies in the Low Temperature PEM Fuel Cell
Advisor Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Current Position Co-Founder & Lead Engineer
Company SysEng, LLC
Secondary Position Research Professor, Clarkson University
Location Potsdam, New York
Taskin Binte Karim

Taskin Binte Karim

Dissertation Title Surface Mechanical Properties of Amorphous Polymers Using Spontaneous Particle Embedment: Epoxy, Poly(α-Methylstyrene), Polystyrene of Different Architecture, and Poly(Vinyl Acetate)
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. John O'Haver
Institution University of Mississippi
Location Oxford, Mississippi
Ketan Khare

Ketan Khare

Dissertation Title Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Cross-linked Epoxy based Systems: A Molecular Simulation Study
Advisor Dr. Rajesh Khare
Current Position Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Shekhar Garde
Institution Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Location Troy, New York
Zheng Li

Zheng Li

Dissertation Title Identification, Control, and Monitoring of Complex Chemical and Biochemical Systems
Advisor Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
Current Position Engineer
Company Genentech, Inc.
Location San Francisco, California
Yunzhe Ma

Yunzhe Ma

Dissertation Title Microneedles for Drug Delivery into Oral Cavity
Advisor Dr. Harvinder Singh Gill
Current Position Engineer
Company Intel, Inc.
Location Hillsboro, Oregon
Jeevan Maddala

Jeevan Maddala

Dissertation Title Design of Droplet Based Microfuidic Devices for Lab On Chip Applications
Advisor Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Current Position Co-Founder & Lead Engineer
Company SysEng, LLC
Secondary Position Research Professor, Texas Tech University
Location Lubbock, Texas
Weiting Tang

Weiting Tang

Dissertation Title Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Nonlinear Time-Variant Complex Processes
Advisor Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
Current Position Engineer
Company Baker Hughes
Location Tomball, Texas
Jinhua Wang

Jinhua Wang

Dissertation Title The Viscoelastic Properties of Thin Films
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position Looking
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin