Ph.D. Dissertations

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2018

  • Khoshkhoo, Ali, Design and Manufacturing of Surface Topography with Additive Manufacturing: Properties and Applications. Advisor: Dr. Andres L. Carrano. Current position: Assistant Professor, Binghamton University.
  • Thirugnanasambandam, Sivasubramanian, Lead-free Doped Solder Joint Reliability under Harsh Temperature Cycling Environment to study the Long Term Isothermal Aging Effects of Heat Sinks, Solder Paste Volume, Board Substrate Material, Component Substrate Material and Component Sizes, Advisor: Dr. John Evans, Current Position: Data Science Manager, Amruta, Inc. Virginia

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2017

  • Sridhar, Sharath, Accelerated Life-Cycle Testing of Various Lead-Free Solder Alloys by Mechanical Shock and Thermal Cycling Techniques. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current Position: Reliability Eng, Axon, Scottsdale AZ
  • Derhami, Shahab, Designing Optimal Layouts for Block Stacking Warehouses. Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Smith. Current position: Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Lynch, Stephanie, Quantification of Ergonomic Risk Factors in Southeastern Logging Operations. Advisor: Dr. Richard Sesek. 
  • Mortaz, Ebrahim, Operational and Investment Solutions to Enhance the Transmission and Distribution Systems of the Electrical Grid. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela. Current position: Assistant Professor, Pace University.
  • Alhwiti, Theyab Atallah H, A Novel Method for Visualizing Keywords in Bibliometrics Science.  Current Position: Operations Industrial Engineer, United States Postal Service, Greater Boston Area
  • Ozden, Sabahattin Gokhan, A Computational System to Solve the Warehouse Aisle Design Problem. Advisor: Dr. Alice Smith. Current position: Assistant Professor, Penn State Abington.
  • Pentikis, John, Determination of Safe Guidelines for One-Hand Lifting. Advisor: Dr. Richard Sesek. Current position: Ergonomics Branch Chief, U.S. Army Public Health Center
  • Salar, Menekse, Validation of MRI-Derived Morphometric Estimations of Biomechanical Inputs to Improve Low Back Pain Risk Assessment. Advisor: Dr. Richard Sesek. Current position: Research Fellow at National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Cincinatti, OH.
  • Lee, Hung-Yu, Facility layout and emerging advanced material handling optimization.  Advisor: Dr. Chase Murray. Current Position: Network Optimization Architect at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Li, Shaomao, Trading Strategies and Risk Management for Wind Power in the Electricity Market. Advisor: Dr. Chan Park, Current position: Structuring quantitative analyst for Just Energy in Houston.
  • Cao, Li, Evaluation of Evacuation Performance Using Different Locomotive Postures. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: EH&S Engineer - Ergonomist at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)
  • Zhao, Cong, Board Level Reliability of Lead-Free Solder Interconnections with Solder Doping Under Harsh Environment. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: DFM Engineer. Location is Cupertino, California.
  • Weng, Bin, Application of machine learning techniques for stock market prediction. Advisor: Dr. Fadel Megahed. Current position: Amazon.
  • Garnett, Richard, Revisiting the OSHA Hand Speed Constant. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Lecturer, Auburn University.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2016

  • Sanders, Thomas, Extreme Environment Reliability of Components for Computing with SAC305 and Alternative High-Reliability Solders. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: JPL NASA.
  • Kardel, Kamran, An analytical and experimental study on 3D-printed custom surfaces for benthic algal biofilms. Advisor: Dr. Andres L. Carrano. Current position: Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University.
  • Shen, Chaobo, Reliability of Aging in Microstructures for Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Joints with Different Surface Finishes during Thermal Cycling. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. 
  • Ekong, Joseph, Effect of Three Dimensional Substratum Features on Benthic Algal Biomass Productivity. Advisor: Dr. Andres L. Carrano. Current position: Assistant Professor, Northern Ohio University.
  • Negahban, Ashkan, Application of Simulation and Optimization Approaches in Supply-Constrained Innovation Diffusion. Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Smith. Current position: Assistant Professor, Penn State Great Valley.
  • Carpenter, LuAnn, Development of Standard Data for Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Director, Student Program Assessment, Auburn University.
  • Dag, Ali, A Data Driven Framework to Identify the Critical Variables, Visualize Their Conditional Relations and Predict the Outcomes of U.S. Heart Transplants. Advisor: Dr. Fadel Megahed. Current position: Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota.
  • Gore, Patricia, Creating a Mission Architecture Step to Inform the System Engineering Process. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: MDA U.S. Government Huntsville.
  • Abulhassan, Yousif, Evaluation of School Bus Emergency Evacuation Systems With Regard to Physical Capabilities of Young Children. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Assistant Professor, Murray State University.
  • Sakinc, Eren, Manufacturing Cost Prediction in the Presence of Categorical and Numeric Design Attributes. Advisor: Dr. Alice Smith. Current position: Senior Associate, Business Planning and Insight Division, Axtria Inc.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2015

  • Ku, Chung Lin, Strategic Investment Decisions for Product Development Projects - An Option-Game Approach
  • Tsai, Yao Te, Towards the Identification of Predictor Variables for Highway Safety
  • Jabarnejad, Masood, Operational and Investment Solutions for Dynamic Line Switching and Rating in Electrical Grid. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela. 
  • Ozgormus, Elif, Optimization of Block Layout for Grocery Stores. Advisor: Dr. Alice Smith. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • Bissinger, Nancy, Cyberintrusion Detection in Critical Infrastructure. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela. Current position: Postdoc, Auburn University.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2014

  • Al Theeb, Nader A. B., An Integrated Logistics System for Effective Resource Distribution in Post-disaster Humanitarian Relief Operations.
  • Hai, Zhou, Reliability of Lead-free Electronic Package Interconnections under Harsh Environment. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: Senior Reliability Engineer, Nvidia, Santa Clara, CA.
  • Kang, Wonseok, The Asymmetric Game Strategies Utilizing R&D Incentives under Uncertain Patent Race and Non-infringing Imitation.
  • Mousavian, Seyedamirabbas, Optimization Models for Advanced Cyber-security in the Smart Grid. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela. Current position: Assistant Professor, Clarkson University.
  • Park, Seungbae, An evaluation Fraework and Decision-Making Model for Defense Acquisition Projects-Real Options and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA).
  • Perr, Christopher W., Improving Usable Security and System Safety. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Computer Security Researcher, Sandia National Lab.
  • Uludag, Onur, GridPick A High Density Puzzle Based Order Picking System with Decentralized Control

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2013

  • Ceven, Erdem, Wave Release Strategies for Order Fulfillment Systems with Deadlines.
  • Gungor, Celal, Prediction of the Erector Spinae Muscle Lever Arm Distance for Biomechanical ModelsAdvisor: Dr. Richard Sesek. Current position: Assistant Professor, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Helvaci, Dilcu, Generating Renewal Functions of Uniform, Gamma, Normal and Weibull Distributions for Minimal and Non Negligible Repair by Using Convolutions and Approximation Methods.
  • Kabadurmus, Ozgur, Design of Resilient Heterogeneous Wireless Networks. Advisor: Dr. Alice Smith. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Logistics, Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Moyo, Yamkelani, Developing a Multidisciplinary Best Practice Manufacturing Education. Advisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: Continental Motors.
  • Ogutu, Jack Odunga, Modeling Human Perception of Postural StressAdvisor: Dr. Richard Sesek. Current position: Associate. Prof. & OSEH Prog. Coordinator Dept. of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology at Millersville University.
  • Özgür, Özmen, Exploring the Impact of Socio-Technical Communication Styles on the Robustness and Innovation Potential of Global Participatory Science.
  • Vijayakumar, The Effects of Thermal Aging on the Mechanical Behavior of Fine Pitch Electronics PackagesAdvisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: Johnson Control.
  • Ruoliang “Rio” Tang, Morphometric Analysis of the Human Lower Lumbar Intervertebral Discs and Vertebral Endplates: Experimental Approach and Regression Models, Advisor: Dr. Richard Sesek, Current Position: Postdoc, Department of Occupational Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2012

  • Adams, Lamar D., Development of an Analytical Process to Measure Teacher Effectiveness Based on Student Growth to Augment an Educator Evaluation System.
  • Barnes, Jeremy Lamar, Test Planning and Validation through an Optimized Kriging Interpolation Process in a Sequential Sampling Adaptive Computer Learning Environment.
  • Zhang, Jiawei, The Effects of Aging on the Reliability of Lead Free Fine-Pitch Electronics PackagingAdvisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: Qualcomm.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2011

  • Ballard, Kandace N., Emergency Management Strategies for the Retail IndustryAdvisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: Qualcomm.
  • Bell, Richard C., A Distribution-Free Control Chart for Retrospective Location Analysis of Subgrouped Multivariate Data.
  • Ozturkoglu, Omer, New Warehouse Designs Angled Aisles and Their Effects on Travel Distance.
  • Pitiruek, Komkrit, An Operating Model and Economic Analysis for Integrating Wind Electric Power in ManufacturingAdvisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2010

  • Boelhouwer, Eric, GHS in the USA Effects of Pictograms, Signal Words, and Performance Based Qualifiers on Hazard Communication. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Dorris and Associates Inc.
  • Lee, Hwainsik, Decision Models for a Two-Stage Supply Chain Planning under Uncertainty with Time-Sensitive Shortages and Real Option Approach.
  • Li, Zhaozhi, A Novel Three Dimensional Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging Technology-Manufacturing Process Development and Reliability CharacterizationsAdvisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: INTEL.
  • Liu, Wei, Activated Carbon Fiber Filter Media for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell.
  • Peters, Kim Y., A Markov Chain Dynamic Social Network Modeling and Simulation to Assess the Impact of out-of-School Suspensions on Dropouts and TruancyAdvisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.
  • Watts, Bobbie Jo, The Effect of Varying Work Order Sequences on Physiological Responses in Combined Manual Material HandlingAdvisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Zone Manager of Ergonomic, Michelin North America

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2009

  • Cho, Younchol, Optimizing Military Tactical MANETs Efficiently Using PSO. Advisor: Dr. Alice Smith and Dr. Jeffrey Smith. Current position: Lieutenant Commander, South Korean Navy.
  • Gray, Michael David, Data Mining Medication Administration Incident Data to Identify Opportunities for Improving Patient Safety.
  • Kandaswaamy, Sakthivael, Thermal Field Mapping Technique for Friction Stir Process.
  • Kim, Byung Soo, Dynamic Slotting and Cartonization Problem in Zone-Based Carton Picking Systems.
  • Kim, Hyun Ho, Modeling Service Performance and Dynamic Worker Allocation Policies for Order Fulfillment Systems.
  • Liu, Heping, Taylor Kriging Metamodeling for Simulation Interpolation, Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization.
  • Piper, Adam Kelly, Participatory Design of Warning Symbols Using Distributed Interactive Evolutionary Computation. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. Current position: Associate Professor, South Dakota School of Mines.
  • Sarpkaya, Gokhan, A Floor Space Valuation Method for Automotive Electronics Manufacturing. Advisor: Dr. John Evans.
  • Siriruk, Pavee, Cournot Competition under Uncertainty in Power Markets. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.
  • Ustun, Volkan, Human Behavior Representation in Physical Security Systems Simulation.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2008

  • Balci, Huseyin Hakan, Valuation of Power Generation Investments in Deregulated Capacity Markets. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.
  • Huang, Ching-ying, Comparing the Overlapping of Two Independent Confidence Intervals with a Single Confidence Interval for Two Normal Population Parameters.
  • Maddela, Madhurima, Design of MEMS-Based Tunable Antennas, Organic Transistors and MEMS-Based Organic Control Circuits.
  • Muhdi, Rani, The Development and Representation of Occupant Performance in Building Evacuation Modeling. Advisor: Dr. Jerry Davis. 
  • Taskin, Selda, Supply Chain Planning for Hurricane Response with Information Updates.
  • Yapicioglu, Haluk, Retail Spatial Design with a Racetrack Aisle Network Considering Revenue and Adjacencies. Advisor: Alice Smith. Current position: Assistant Professor, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.
  • Yucekaya, Ahmet D., Electric Power Bidding Models for Competitive Markets. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.
  • Zhang, Duoxing, Real Options Evaluation of Financial Investment in Flexible Manufacturing Systems in the Automotive IndustryAdvisor: Dr. John Evans. Current position: EXXON Mobile.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2007

  • Dengiz, Orhan, Maximizing Connectivity and Performance in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks Using Mobile Agents. Advisor: Alice Smith. Current position: Founder and President, DVM Technologies, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Han, Hyun Jin, Estimating Project Volatility and Developing Decision Support System in Real Options Analysis.
  • Holman, Grady Talley, Patient Handling Restrictions & Conditions.
  • Kaymaz, Pinar, Electric Power Generation Expansion in Deregulated Markets. Advisor: Dr. Jorge Valenzuela.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2006

  • Godbey, Jessie Franklin, The Effects of Behavior-Based Safety Techniques on Behavior Variation, Targeted and Non-Targeted Safe Behaviors, and Productivity and Quality in Manufacturing Facilities. Advisor: Dr. Robert Thomas. Current position: Associate Professor, Jacksonville State University.
  • Jordan, Victoria Spooner, The Optimum Upper Screening Limit and Optimum Mean Fill Level to Maximize Expected Net Profit in the Canning Problem for Finite Continuous Distributions.
  • Sozer, Sevin, Transmission Expansion Planning to Alleviate Congestion in Deregulated Power Markets.
  • Yang, Yanchun, Knapsack Problems with Setup.

Doctoral Degrees Awarded 2005

  • Abuelenin, Sherif Mohamed, Developing a Magnetically Suspended Disc System for Industrial Applications, with Application on Ring Spinning.
  • Hwang, Inkew, “The Use of Real and Financial Options in Long-Term International Weapon Transaction Contracts.”


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