Graduate School

Congratulations from Interim Dean Guerra-López

Congratulations to our winter 2020 Ph.D. graduates on reaching this momentous occasion in your academic careers. While we cannot be together today, we recognize the hard work and dedication that have gone into this achievement. Be proud of yourselves and what you have already accomplished, and remember that your greatest contributions are still yet to come. We look forward to celebrating with you at our formal commencement ceremony later this year.

Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
Interim Dean and Professor

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy

From the Graduate School
Ingrid Guerra-López, Ph.D., Interim Dean
Founded in 1933

April 2020

Mona Alanazi 
B.S. 2012, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
M.S. 2016, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Determinants of Successful Diabetes Self-Management Behaviors Among Women Of Arab Descent With Type 2 Diabetes."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Nancy Hauff

Abdulaziz Alkaltham
B.A. 2005, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University 
M.A. 2010, Eastern Michigan University 
Dissertation: "Attitudes Toward Organ Donation Among Saudi Arabians."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Janet Hankin 

Abdulsalam Alkhabra
B.A. 2005, King Saud University
M.A. 2013, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Faculty Experiences of Using Student Response System in Saudi Arabian Universities."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ke Zhang   
Learning Design and Technology

Kraig Andrews
B.S. 2014, Michigan State University
M.S. 2017, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Improved Contacts and Device Performance in MoS2 Transistors Using 2D Semiconductors Interlayers."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Zhixian Zhou   

Frazer Atkinson
B.S. 2014, University of Stirling
M.S. 2016, University of North Dakota
Dissertation: "A Model of Perfectionism, Moral Disengagement, Altruism, and Antisocial and Prosocial Behaviors in Wheelchair Athletes."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Martin   

Hossein Badri
B.S. 2007, Sharif University of Technology
M.S. 2009, Shahed University
M.S. 2019, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Stochastic Optimization Methods for Resource Management in Edge Computing Systems."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Kai Yang and Daniel Grosu
Industrial Engineering

Elaheh Barati
B.S. 2007, Sepahan Institute of Higher Education
M.S. 2011, Isfahan University of Technology
Dissertation: "Attention-based Models for Deep Reinforcement Learning."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Xuewen Chen 
Computer Science

Sara Barnwell
B.A. 2003, Michigan State University
M.B.A. 2008, Cleary University
Dissertation: "Why They Care: An Exploration of Adjunct Faculty Loyalty."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ingrid Guerra-López
Learning Design and Technology

Parisa Bashiri
B.S. 2012, Sharif University of Technology
M.S. 2015, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "AC Conductivity Studies of Polyethylene-Oxide-Garnet Type Li7La3Zr2O12 Hybrid Composite Solid Polymer Electrolyte For
Li-Ion Battery."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ratna Naik  

Ali Bazzi
B.S. 2001, University of Michigan-Dearborn
M.A. 2003, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Experience with Teaching Mathematics for Calculus Students with the Aid of Wolfram Alpha."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Thomas Edwards and Shlomo Sawilowsky
Teacher Education

Noha Beydoun
B.A. 2010, University of Michigan-Dearborn
M.A. 2014, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "The Politics of Hijab in American Culture."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Richard Marback and Sarika Chandra

Isabel Cantarella
B.P.A. 2008, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
M.A. 2015, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dissertation: "When Fake is Good: The Benefits of Deceptive Responsiveness in Relationships."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Stephanie Spielmann  

Sophia Chaudhry
B.S. 2013, M.S. 2015, Oakland University
Dissertation: "Addressing the Issue of Missing Heritability: The Importance of Apoptosis in Hereditary Breast And Ovarian Cancer And Functional Assessment of TP53I3-S252*."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michael A. Tainsky
Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Yasaman Chehreghanianzabi
B.S. 2010, Islamic Azad University
M.S. 2016, Saint Louis University
Dissertation: "Investigation of Physiochemical Properties and Biocompatibility of Amourphos Calcium Polyphosphate Hydrogel Doped with Antibiotics and Injectable Polymeric Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate Bone Cement."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Weiping Ren  
Biomedical Engineering

Kayla Conner
B.S. 2015, University of Michigan-Flint
Dissertation: "APOBEC3 Enzymes Mediate Efficacy of Cisplatin and Carboplatin through the Activation of Base Excision Repair and Mismatch Repair."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Steve Patrick   
Cancer Biology

Benjamin Coughenour
B.S. 2013, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Reflection and Reverberation in Neutron Star Low-Mass X-Ray Binaries."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Edward Cackett  

Safaa Dardar
M.S. 2016, University of Detroit Mercy
Dissertation: "Reliability Of FRP-Strengthened RC Bridge Girders Considering Time-Dependent Deterioration."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Christopher Eamon
Civil Engineering

Zuzer Dhoondia
B.S. 2008, Kishinchand Chellaram College, University of Mumbai
M.S. 2010, K.J Somaiya College, University of Mumbai
Dissertation: "Termination-Independent Role of Rat1 in Cotranscriptional Splicing in Budding Yeast."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Athar Ansari  
Biological Science

Catherine Donaldson
B.A. 1993, Eastern Michigan University
M.A. 1996, University of Toronto
M.A. 2013, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Technical Communication Pedagogy: The Rhetoric of Online Gaming."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Frances Ranney 

Rachel Dortin
B.A. 2014, Ohio Northern University
M.A. 2016, University of Findlay
Dissertation: "Toward An Ecofeminist Embodied Pedagogy: A Study of Difference in Online and Offline Community Writing Courses."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Jeff Pruchnic and Donnie Sackey

Siba El Dallal
B.S. 2009, Arab Open University
M.S. 2012, SUNY Buffalo State College 
M.Ed. 2018, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Strategies for Managing Technological Change In Higher Education: A Mixed Methods Study."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ingrid Guerra-López 
Learning Design and Technology

Nour El Harakeh
B.S. 2012, Lebanese University
Dissertation: "Investigation of Mechanisms in 3d-Containing Electro/Photocatalysts for Proton/Water Reduction."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Claudio Verani 

Ali Fardous
B.Pharm. 2004, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Timing and Duration of Folate Restriction Differentially Impacts Colon Carcinogenesis."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ahmad Heydari  
Nutrition and Food Science

Kenneth Gembel
B.S. 1998, Western Michigan University
M.E. 2007, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "A Structured Methodology for Tailoring and Deploying Lean Manufacturing Systems."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ratna Chinnam 
Industrial Engineering

Daniel Harrison
B.A. 1975, M.A. 1975, University of Michigan
M.A. 1987, Oakland University
M.A. 2012, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Transformation of the St. Clair Maritime Cultural Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Thomas Killion  

Laura Hurley
B.S. 2011, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Evaluation Of Autoantibodies to Paraneoplastic Antigens as Early Detection Biomarkers for High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michael Tainsky 
Cancer Biology

Syed Imam
B.E. 1988, NED University of Engineering and Technology
M.S. 1994, M.S.2007, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Evaluation of far-side occupant safety based on numerical modeling."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Hwai-Chung Wu and King H. Yang
Civil Engineering

Bobbi Isaac
B.S. 2007, The University of Alabama
M.A. 2012, The Catholic University of America
Dissertation: "Psychosocial Outcomes Among College Students with Learning Disorders."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Douglas Barnett  

Linda Jimenez    
B.S. 1994, M.Ed. 2001, M.Ed. 2016, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "An Exploration of Strategic Alignment in Higher Education."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ingrid Guerra-López  
Learning Design and Technology

Preston Kelly
B.B.A 2014, Northwood University
M.Ed. 2016, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Empathy Through Inquiry: The Weaving of (Post) Qualitative Inquiry into Design."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Monica Tracey 
Learning Design and Technology

Nizar Khemri
B.S. 2006, University of Tripoli
M.S. 2012, Oklahoma State University
Dissertation: "Developing A Real-World Vehicle Trip Dataset Through Public Travel Surveys
and Applying It to Battery Electric Vehicle Performance Study."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Hao Ying 
Electrical Engineering

Bett Kimutai
B.S. 2012, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Dissertation: "Non-Canonical Targets, Reaction Kinetics, and Cellular Potency of Amino Acid-Linked Platinum(II) Compounds."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Christine Chow  

Leonard Kinnaird-Heether
B.S. 2005, M.S. 2008, Eastern Michigan University
Dissertation: "The Impact of Auction-Based Knowledge Distribution Mechanisms on Optimization Problem Solving in Complex Dynamic Environments with Cultural Algorithms."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Robert Reynolds
Computer Science

Jeoung Min Lee
B.A. 1994, ChungJu National University
M.S.W. 2008, Soongsil University
M.S. 2013, Michigan State University
Dissertation: "Exploring Bullying and Peer Victimization Among African American Adolescents in Chicago's Southside."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Jun Sung Hong 
Social Work

Joseph Lewis
B.A. 2003, Hampton University
M.A. 2007, New York University
Dissertation: "Blackness and the Rhetoric of Racism in the University of Cape Town's Rhodes Must Fall Movement and the University of Missouri's Concerned Student 1950 Movement."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Richard Marback 

Yuanzhe Li
B.S. 2012, Xidian University
M.S. 2013, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Tiling Optimization For Nested Loops On GPUs."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Loren Schwiebert  
Computer Science

Michael Lisieski
B.S. 2011, B.A. 2011, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dissertation: "The Effects of Cocaine Exposure On Hyperactivity, Susceptibility to Traumatic Stress, and Locus Coeruleus Function in Rats."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Shane Perrine  
Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Jeremy Llaniguez
B.S. 2001, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dissertation: "Development of a Novel Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Model in the Axolotl."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Juri Gelovani and Mai Lam
Biomedical Engineering

John Lu
B.S. 1996, M.S. 1996, Southern Illinois University
Dissertation: "Investigation of Emergency Call Performance over VoLTE."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor John Liu  
Electrical Engineering

Stephanie Lucas
B.S. 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dissertation: "Dependence of Mitochondrial Respiration on Serine Catabolism in Mammalian Cells."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Jian Wang  

Erin Matusiewicz
B.S. 2000, Central Michigan University
M.A. 2007, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "The Art of the Picturae in Sixteenth-Century French Emblem Books: Théâtre Des Bons Engins and Morosophie by Guillaume De La Perrière and Hecatongraphie by Gilles Corrozet."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michael Giordano
Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Shashwat Mishra
B.S. 2009, M.S. 2011, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Dissertation: "Food Quality-Dependent Modulation of Caenorhabditis Elegans Reproductive Physiology."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Joy Alcedo  
Biological Science

Nadia Mohammad
B.A. 1999, The Hashemite University
M.A. 2003, The University of Jordan
Dissertation: "Reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Poetry in Terms of Spirituality and Feminism."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michael Scrivener 

William Morse
B.S. 2000, M.A. 2005, Central Michigan University
M.S. 2012, Iowa State University
Dissertation: "A Study of Self-Evaluation and Estimator Error in Internal Medicine Residents and its Influence on the Academic Achievement of Medical Knowledge."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ingrid Guerra-López 
Learning Design and Technology

Zhenyu Ning
B.S. 2008, M.S. 2011, Tongji University
Dissertation: "Securing ARM platform: From software-based to hardware-based approaches."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Fengwei Zhang  
Computer Science

Elham Nosratmirshekarlou
B.S. 2012, M.S. 2014, Sharif University of Technology
Dissertation: "Customer Choice Modeling for Retail Category Assortment Planning and Product-Line Extension."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Ratna Babu Chinnam and Evrim Dalkiran
Industrial Engineering

Ifeoma Okechukwu
B.Ed. 1985, University of Nigeria Nsukka 
M.A. 2003, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Sociotechnical Systems Approach for Designing Effective Pre-College Stem Programs for Adult Students."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Ratna Babu Chinnam and Leslie Monplaisir
Industrial Engineering

Sheetal Panday
B.E. 2006, M.E. 2012, KIT's College of Engineering
Dissertation: "Computational Analysis of Oxidative Stress in Endothelial Dysfunction: An Insight on the Role of Tetrahydrobiopterin, Ascorbate and Glutathione."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Mahendra Kavdia
Biomedical Engineering

Michael Pirrone
B.S. 2014, Lawrence Technological University
Dissertation: "Influence of Conformational Restriction on the Antibacterial Activity and Ribosomal Selectivity of Aminoglycoside Antibiotics."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor David Crich  

Kaitlin Popielarz
B.A. 2010, M.A. 2014, Michigan State University 
Dissertation: "Youth Organizers as Essential Partners in Teacher Education: Implications from a Community-Based Action Research Project."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Thomas C. Pedroni 
Curriculum and Instruction

Christina Raheb
B.S. 2009, M.S. 2011, University of Windsor
Dissertation: "Individual Risk Factors and Appetite Response to Obesogenic Environments as Predictors of Binge Eating Among College Students."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Debra Schutte   

Indrakshi Roy
B.S. 2011, University Of Calcutta
M.A. 2019, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "The Changing Status of Employer-Sponsored Fringe Benefits in the U.S for Adults Nearing Retirement."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Gail Summers   

Dustin Saalman
B.S. 2006, Eastern Michigan University
M.A. 2012, Saginaw Valley State University
Dissertation: "Advancing Objectives-Oriented Evaluation with Participatory Evaluation Methodology - A Mixed Methods Study."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Shlomo Sawilowky
Evaluation and Research

Najeb Sawsi
B.S. 2005, Sabrata University (The Seventh of April University)
M.S. 2010, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Durability Performance of Geopolymer Concrete Beams and Columns Exposed to Hygrothermal Environment."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Hwai-Chung Wu 
Civil Engineering

Asra Shaik
B.S. 2011, Michigan State University
Dissertation: "Characterizing Novel Radiologic and Pathologic Tissue-Based Risk Factors For Breast Cancer In African American Women With Benign Breast Disease."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michele Cote  
Cancer Biology

Mubin Shaikh
B.S. 2007, Queen's University
M.S. 2008, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Characterization of an X-Ray source used in Intraoperative Breast Radiotherapy."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Jay Burmeister and Adrian Nalichowski
Medical Physics

Britta Shine
B.A. 2004, Smith College
M.A. 2016, Mills College
Dissertation: "The Days Take Care of Themselves: Early Head Start Teacher Interactions with Children in Association with Factors Affecting Environmental Quality."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Ann Stacks and Marjorie Beeghly

Kevin Siehl
B.S. 1999, M.S. 2003, Eastern Michigan University
Dissertation: "Search for Anomalous Trilinear Couplings of Electroweak Gauge Bosons Using Angular Variables at s = 13 TeV at CMS."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Robert Harr  

Nicholas Sseggobe-Kiruma
M.A. 2002, Eastern Michigan University
M.Ed. 2013, Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Dissertation: "Understanding the diffusion of learner-centered pedagogy in lower secondary physics classrooms in Uganda."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski 
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Lori Vanderwill
B.S.W. 2014, Wayne State University
M.S.W. 2015, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Teacher Wellbeing and Trauma-Informed Interventions in an Alternative Education Middle/High Public Charter School."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Suzanne Brown  
Social Work

Faisal Waris
B.S. 1982, The Islamia University Bahawalpur
M.B.A. 1985, Institute of Business Administration, Kararchi
M.B.A. 1987, York University
Dissertation: "Catgame: A Tool For Problem Solving in Complex Dynamic Systems Using Game Theoretic Knowledge Distribution in Cultural Algorithms, and its Application (Catneuro) to the Deep Learning of Game Controllers."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Robert Reynolds  
Computer Science

Madusha Lakshani Watuthanthrige Perera
B.S. 2012, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Use of alkoxyamines to quantify and map uracils and to kill B cell cancers."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ashok Bhagwat  

Hillary Weiss
B.A. 2014, Siena Heights University
M.A. 2016, Bowling Green State University
Dissertation: "Coming Out As Complex: Understanding LGBTQ+ Community Writing Groups."
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Jeff Pruchnic and Donnie Sackey

Abby Wicks
B.A. 2007, Michigan State University
B.S. 2013, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dissertation: "Evolutionary Ecology of the Native Johnny Darter (Etheostoma Nigrum) and the Invasive Round Goby (Neogobius Melanostomus): A Genomic Perspective."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Thomas Dowling 
Biological Science

Xinxin Woodward
M.S. 2014, Michigan Technological University
Dissertation: "Single-Lipid Sorting and Dynamics At Nanoscale Membrane Curvatures: The Effects of Fluorescence Labeling, Composition, Phase, and Temperature."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Christopher Kelly  

Randall Wyatt
B.A. 2014, M.A. 2016, Wayne State University 
Dissertation: "Beyond the Rainbow: Predicting Intragroup and Intergroup Political Attitudes for Latinx and Black Americans and the Potential for Cooperation and Conflict."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Khari Brown 

Runzhou Zhou
B.S. 2008, China University of Science and Technology Management
M.S. 2011, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "Development of Rat Head Finite Element Model and Tissue Level Biomechanical Threshold for Traumatic Axonal Injury."
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Liying Zhang   
Biomedical Engineering

Candidates for the Doctor of Education

From the College of Education                                                                                                                  
Anita G. Welch, Ph.D., Dean
Founded in 1881

April 2020

Wafa Hassan Alruwaili
B.A. 2006, Al Jouf University
M.S. 2013, University of Jordan
Dissertation: "Reliability of an Arabic Version of the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) on Students at Al-Jouf University"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Shlomo Sawilowsky

Jaime R. Goetz
B.S. 2008, Eastern Michigan University
M.Ed. 2013, Education Spec. Cert. 2015, Grand Valley State University
Dissertation: "Enrollment of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools: Where Policy, Leadership, and Values Meet"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski

Dannielle Julia Marie McGuire
B.S. 1998, Central Michigan University
M.A.T. 2002, Michigan State University
Dissertation: "Interactions with Digital Texts and Print-Bound Texts"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Kathryn Roberts

Jean-Daniel Ostertag
B.A. 1989, Ecole Normale Mixte De Vosges
M.A. 1996, Education Spec. Cert. 1999, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "An Alternative to the State Identification Method to Identify School Effectiveness"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski

Tara Marie Sanderfield
B.A. 2003, M.Ed. 2010, Education Spec. Cert. 2016, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "White Educators' Perceptions About Adolescent Black Males in the Milieu of Hegemonic Academic Structures"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski

Lois Mae Vaughan-Hussain
B.S.Ed. 1992, M.Ed. 1993, Education Spec. Cert. 2001, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "From a Practitioner's Perspective: What Internal and External Factors Influence the Decision-Making Process for Least Restrictive Environment Determinations?"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski

Alvin Lee Ward Jr.
B.A. 1997, M.A. 1999, Michigan State University
Education Spec. Cert. 2007, Wayne State University
Dissertation: "The Lack of African American Males in Teaching"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski

Yvonne Margurite Wilson
B.A. 1985, M.Ed. 2002, Marygrove College
Dissertation: "The Use of Code-Switching by African-American Teachers in Inner-City Classrooms"
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ben Pogodzinski