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2015 Ph.D. Graduates

Siyang Gao

Siyang Gao

Dissertation Title The Glass Transition Kinetics in Bulk Polymers and Ultrathin Films and Reaction Kinetics for Cyclopentadiene Demerization
Advisor Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Current Position Polymer Chemist
Company Ascend Performance Materials
Location Pensacola, Florida
Fahmida Irin

Fahmida Irin

Dissertation Title Utilizing Electrical, Mechanical, Adsorbent Properties, and Microwave Response of Carbon Nanomaterials
Advisor Dr. Micah J. Green
Current Position Process Engineer
Company Intel
Location Hillsboro, Oregon
Mir Karim

Mir Karim

Dissertation Title Local Linear and Nonlinear Viscoelasticity of Polymeric Systems by Particle Tracking Rheology Simulations
Advisor Dr. Rajesh Khare
Current Position Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Institution University of Puerto Rico
Location Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Xiguang Li

Xiguang Li

Dissertation Title Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites: Viscoelasticity, Forced Assembly, and Nanosandwich
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Current Position Rheologist
Company Polylglass USA
Location Boca Raton, Florida
Ran Tan

Ran Tan

Dissertation Title Thermophysical and Rheological Properties of Polymer Nanocomposite and Ionic Liquids
Advisor Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Current Position Research Scientist
Institution National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Location Gaithersburg, Maryland
Wenqian Tao

Wenqian Tao

Dissertation Title Development of Universal Influenza A Vaccine Based on Conserved Viral Protein M2e and its Nanocarriers
Advisor Dr. Harvinder Singh Gill
Xiniu Xu

Xiniu Xu

Dissertation Title
Advisor Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Current Position Product Developer
Institution Hanwha Azdel
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Yueyi Xu

Yueyi Xu

Dissertation Title Brownian Dynamics Simulation of Two-Dimensional Nanosheets Under Flow
Advisor Dr. Micah J. Green
Meiyu Zhai

Meiyu Zhai

Dissertation Title Characterization of Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Materials at Macro and Nano Scales
Advisor Dr. Gregory B. McKenna

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, Oregon
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, Conneticut
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, Texas
Jihye Kim

Jihye Kim

Dissertation Title Drop-based Microfluidics and Crystallization Studi
Advisor Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Current Position RDD Engineer III
Company Baker Hughes
Location Tomball, Texas
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, California
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, Texas
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 Modeling and Control Engineer
Company Randstad Sourceright
Location Windsor, Conneticut
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, Washington
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, Texas
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, Maryland

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 and 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 and 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