Doctoral Scholars E-Showcase -- Spring 2017

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We Invite You to Join Us in Celebrating Our Spring 2017 Graduating Doctoral Scholars and Their Research!

 

Special Note from Dean Sanjiv Sarin to the Graduating Ph.D. Students (Click to Expand)

The road to the doctoral degree is long and arduous, but the result is well worth the challenge. Here at the end of your doctoral journey, you have achieved an unparalleled level of expertise in your particular area of study.

The Graduate College commends you on this remarkable achievement. We now encourage you to take time to reflect back on the effort it took to get to this point and to reflect also on the support others provided to you during this process. From faculty advisors to funding organizations, from colleagues in the lab to family members and friends--your doctoral work has developed with the guidance and support of countless others.

As you walk across the graduation stage, you will join the ranks of our University’s more than four hundred total doctoral degree recipients. Your success strengthens A&T’s legacy and helps push our institution towards the goals of our strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020.

Congratulations and best wishes as you move forward into the next phase of your career!

Sanjiv Sarin, Ph.D., PE
Dean, The Graduate College
Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Programs, and Extended Learning


Significance of the Spring 2017 Doctoral Scholars E-Showcase (Click to Expand)

The Doctoral Scholars E-Showcase allows us to highlight the research of our graduating doctoral students. Our doctoral students have gone through an extensive and rigorous academic journey to get to this point, and their research reflects the level of their achievement. Below, you will find information about graduating doctoral students as well as brief summaries of their research. Take a moment to consider the significance of a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree indicates a high level of competence in a specific field of study. In order to earn the esteemed Ph.D. degree, a student must pass qualifying examinations demonstrating their knowledge of the current debates, concepts and dilemmas in their soon-to-be field of expertise. In addition, Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate their ability to perform independent research and must successfully complete a research proposal, create a research strategy, carry out research in their field, and present the results of that research in both oral and written forms that will be evaluated carefully by experts in the field. It is truly a monumental achievement to receive a Ph.D., and we commend our students on their success.


Spring 2017 Highlighted Doctoral Scholars: To view the research of our graduating Doctoral Scholars, you can click on a name below or scroll down through the full listings further down on the page. Click on a student's picture or link to see a summary of their dissertation research.

Akin Adekanle, Ph.D.  
Program: 
Leadership Studies

Sarah Adjei-Fremah, Ph.D.
Program: 
Energy & Environmental Systems

Goker Ariyak, Ph.D.
Program: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Ali Bhatti, Ph.D. 
Program:
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Patrice Cagle, Ph.D.
Program:
Energy & Environmental Systems

Courtney Evans-Thompson, Ph.D.
Program:
Rehabilitation Counseling & 
Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Kassu Gebresellasie, Ph.D. 
Program:
Computational Science & Engineering

Rabin Gyawali, Ph.D.
Program:
Energy & Environmental Systems

Adem Kaya, Ph.D.
Program:
Leadership Studies

Kieu Ngoc Le, Ph.D.
Program: 
Energy & Environmental System

Sharita Mathis-Lawson, Ph.D.
Program: 
Leadership Studies

Mina Moradi Kordmahalleh, Ph.D.
Program: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Temitayo O. Obanla, Ph.D.
Program: 
Energy & Environmental Systems

Emmanuel Oleka, Ph.D.
Program: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mariama Oumarou Sidibe, Ph.D.
Program: 
Computational Science & Engineering

Fazle Rabbi, Ph.D.
Program: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Shenna Shearin, Ph.D.
Program: Computational Science & Engineering

William C. Stone, Ph.D.
Program: Leadership Studies

Stephany M. Taylor, Ph.D.
Program: 
Energy & Environmental Systems

Marquita Wood, Ph.D.
Program: 
Leadership Studies


Akin Adekanle, Ph.D. 
Program: Leadership Studies
Research Title: “Career Continuity of Nigerian Immigrants in the U.S.: An Examination of Enabling and Inhibiting Factors”
Major Professor: Dr. Comfort Okpala

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Sarah Adjei-Fremah, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental Systems
Research Title: “Molecular Effects of Cowpea Polyphenols on Mammalian Transcriptome, Proteome, and Microbiome”
Major Professor: Dr. Mulumebet Worku

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Goker Ariyak, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Title: "SiGe Constructive Wave Oscillator Based Terahertz Frequency Multipliers”
Major Professor: Dr. Numan S. Dogan

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Ali Bhatti, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Title: “Advanced Vector Quantization
Techniques for Image Compression in the Spatial and Frequency Domain”
Major Professor: Dr. Jung H. Kim

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Patrice Cagle, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental Systems
Research Title: “Examining the Anti-oncogenic Properties of Rosehip (Rosa canina) Extracts on Human Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation, Migration, and Invasion”
Major Professor: Dr. Patrick Martin

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Courtney Evans-Thompson, Ph.D.
Program: Rehabilitation Counseling & Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Research Title: “Counselor Perceived Barriers and Supports to Employment in Rural Areas and Rehabilitation Counselor Self-Efficacy”
Major Professor: Dr. Caroline Booth

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Kassu Gebresellasie, Ph.D.
Program: Computational Science & Engineering
Research Title: “Mechanical Integrity of Biodegradable Metals During the Degradation”
Major Professor: Dr. Yeoheung Yun

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Rabin Gyawali, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental Systems
Research Title: “Ingredients Supplementation Effects on Acid Whey Production and Quality of Greek Style Yogurt (GSY)”
Major Professor: Dr. Salam A. Ibrahim

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Adem Kaya, Ph.D.
Program: Leadership Studies
Research Title: “An Exploration of How Immigrant Youth Develop a Leadership Identity Through Sport Participation”
Major Professor: Dr. Ceola Ross Baber

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Kieu Ngoc Le, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental System
Research Title: “Soil Organic Carbon Modeling with the EPIC Model for Conservation Agriculture & Conservation Tillage Practices in Cambodia”
Major Professor: Dr. Manoj K. Jha

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Sharita Mathis-Lawson, Ph.D.
Program: Leadership Studies
Research Title: “Academic Advising, Servant Leadership, and Academic Locus of Control: A Study of Student Success in a
Historically Black College and University Population”
Major Professor: Dr. Forrest Toms

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Mina Moradi Kordmahalleh, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Title: “Time Series Prediction with a
Partially Connected Artificial Neural
Network with Evolvable Topology”
Major Professor: Dr. Abdollah Homaifar

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Temitayo O. Obanla, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental Systems
Research Title: “Exposure Effects of Aspirin on Growth and Functionality of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the Development of a Mutant Strain Using Chemical Mutagenesis”
Major Professor: Dr. Salam A. Ibrahim

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Emmanuel Oleka, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Title: “An Enhanced Model of Optimal PMU Placement for Synchrophasor Applications in Electric Power Grids”
Major Professor: Dr. Gary L. Lebby

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Mariama Oumarou Sidibe, Ph.D.
Program: Computational Science & Engineering
Research Title: “Impact of the Affordable Care
Act on Hospital Accessibili ty”
Major Professor: Dr. Mark. L. Burkey

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Fazle Rabbi, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Title: “BiCMOS Rotary Travelling-Wave Oscillator based Millimeter-Wave Frequency Multipliers”
Major Professor: Dr. Numan S. Dogan

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Shenna Marie Shearin, Ph.D.
Program: Computational Science & Engineering
Research Title: “Computational Investigation of the Structure, Stability, and Function of Human Blood Coagulation Factor VIIIa”
Major Professor: Dr. Divi Venkateswarlu

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


William C. Stone, Ph.D.
Program: Leadership Studies
Research Title: “Community Leaders’ Perceptions of the Influence of the Power Elite on Local Decision-Making”
Major Professor: Dr. Ceola Ross Baber

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Stephany M. Taylor, Ph.D.
Program: Energy & Environmental Systems
Research Title: “Extreme Weather Studies Using
Dynamic Modeling & Management Tools”
Major Professor: Dr. Yuh-Lang Lin

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)



Marquita Wood, Ph.D.
Program: Leadership Studies
Research Title: “Middle School Teachers’ Perception
of Their School Leaders: Examining the Relationship Between Servant Leadership
and Teacher Retention”
Major Professor: Dr. Ceola Ross Baber

>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)