The Graduate College

Doctoral Scholars E-Showcase -- Spring 2018

We Invite You to Join Us in Celebrating Our Spring 2018 Graduating Doctoral Scholars and Their Research!

To view Doctoral Scholars E-Showcase 
profiles from previous semesters,
please visit our archive.

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!

Spring 2018 Highlighted Doctoral Scholars: To view the dissertation research of the Doctoral Scholars, you can scroll down through the full listings further down the page, and click on the student's link to see the dissertation research summary. 

Norbert Ayine Agana, Ph.D.
Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dissertation Title: "A Hybrid Deep Learning Approach for Time Series Prediction based on Unsupervised Feature Learning”
Major Professor: Dr. Abdollah Homaifar
Post-Graduation Plans: Industry.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Tewodros Assefa, Ph.D
ProgramEnergy & Environmental Systems
Dissertation Title: “Experimental and Modeling Evaluation of Conservation Agriculture with Drip Irrigation for Small-Scale Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Major Professor: Dr. Manoj Jha
Post-Graduation Plans: Work on sustainable water management and agricultural systems. 
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Shon F. Barnes, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “Police-Community Relations: A Study of Racial Disparity and the Effects of Hot Spots Policing Leadership Strategies”
Major Professor: Dr. Comfort Okpala
Post-Graduation Plans: L.E.A.D.S Scholar with the National Institute of Justice. Pursuing a career as a major city Chief of Police. 
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Sherry Canty, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “African American Females’ Self Perceptions of Their Leadership Potential after Viewing Media Clips from Broadcast Media”
Major Professor: Dr. Geleana Alston
Post-Graduation Plans: Guest lecturer; research and writing; ambassador and missionary for women and children.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)

Shereuka L. Coleman-Oliver, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: "A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Leadership Competencies And Resistance To Change"
Major Professor: Dr. Edward B. Fort
Post-Graduation Plans: Continued research specializing in the establishment of programs and services tailored for diverse populations in both the public and private sectors. Such processes merit more collaboration with other scholars, empirical work and theoretical investigation in a wider number of organizations across the state and country in a variety of institutions.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Artina Dawkins, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “Program Coordinators’ Perceptions of Their Leadership Role in the Administration of Graduate Medical Education Programs”
Major Professor: Dr. Edward Fort
Post-Graduation Plans: Directing and improving graduate medical education programs.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


David N. D. Dodoo-Amoo, Ph.D
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation Title: "An Error Analysis of the Integral Differential Scheme Navier-Stokes Solver"
Major Professor: Dr. Frederick Ferguson
Post-Graduation Plans: Academia/industry
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Jodi Douglas Turner, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “The Affects of Secure and Cultural Attachment on the Career Advancement of Women in STEM”
Major Professor: Dr. Comfort Okpala
Post-Graduation Plans: Non-profit assisting women in moving from middle management to senior and executive management positions.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Julio Mendez, Ph.D
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Title: “Investigation of the Flow Features Capturing Capabilities of the Integro-Differential Scheme (IDS)”
Major Professor: Dr. Frederick Ferguson
Post-Graduation Plans: Research and Development working on numerical schemes for complex flow physics
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Daniel T Ocansey, Ph.D
Program: Computational Science & Engineering
Title: “Modeling the Effect of Propagating Acoustic Noise over a Smooth-Random Surface by Using the Equivalent Source Method and the Finite Element Method”
Major Professor: Dr. Marwan Bikdash
Post-Graduation Plans: Industry / Education
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Arifa Parveen, Ph.D
Program: Nanoengineering
Title: “Effect of Electrospun Nanofibers on Growth Behavior of Fungal Cells”
Major Professor:Dr. Lifeng Zhang
Post-Graduation Plans: National lab research
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Andre S. Richardson, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies and Adult Education
Dissertation Title: “A Study of the Relationship Among Revenue Sources and Retention Rates at Private Historically Black Colleges and Universities”
Major Professor: Dr. Comfort Okpala
Post-Graduation Plans: Higher education professional; research on institutional revenue sources and student retention.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Clarence R. White Jr., Ph.D.
Program: Computational Science and Engineering
Dissertation Title: In Silico Prediction of Protein Sequence Classification and Post Translational Modification Site Prediction using Deep Neural Networks
Major Professor: Dr. Dukka KC 
Dr. Robert Newman
Post-Graduation Plans: Technology Consultant at DXC Technology
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Ronald Wilkins, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “Workforce Development Employees’ Perception of Their Managers as Transformational Leaders”
Major Professor: Dr. Comfort Okpala
Post-Graduation Plans: Academia /Community Leadership Projects.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Clinton A. Wilson, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title: “A Case Study Analysis of the Influence that High School Leaders have on African American Male Student Achievement”
Major Professor: Dr. Michael Brooks
Post-Graduation Plans: Student Services in K-12 education.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Linda Richardson Wilson, Ph.D
Program: Leadership Studies
Dissertation Title:  “The National Pan-Hellenic Council Leaders’ Perspective on the Impact of Moral Thoughts and Actions on Hazing”
Major Professor: Dr. Edward B. Fort
Post-Graduation Plans: Consultation; research.
>View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)


Smith Woosley, Ph.D
Program: Nanoengineering
Dissertation Title: “Processing and Characterization of Functionally Modified Composites for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing”
Major Professor: Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan
Post-Graduation Plans: Industrial Research & Development on additive manufacturing.
 >View Research Summary Slide (.pdf)