Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Student Progress: Exams, Papers, Special Events, Job Opportunities

Katherine Polhemus completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

November15

Candidate:  Katherine Polhemus

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Brian Kirby (Chair), Jefferson Tester, Emmanuel Giannelis

Time and Place:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 2159 Snee Hall

Title:  A novel Microfluidic Device to Assess the Potential of Hairy Nanoparticles as a Sensor and a Surfactant in Oil Recovery

Chris Budrow completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

November10

Candidate:  Chris Budrow

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Matthew Miller (Chair), Paul Dawson, Christopher Earls

Time and Place:  Friday, November 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Title:  Design of an Optimized Residual Stress Measurement Technique for Energy Dispersive Diffraction

Frances Zhu completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

November2

Candidate:  Frances Zhu

Candidate’s Field:  Aerospace Engineering

Committee:  Mason Peck (Chair), Hadas Kress-Gazit, Silvia Ferrari

Time and Place:  Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Title:  Flux-Pinned Interfaces for Close-Proximity, High-Precision Spaceflight
Operations

Jay Young completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

October18

Candidate:  Jay Young

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Charles Williamson (Chair), Olivier Desjardins, Edwin Cowen

Time and Place:  Thursday, October 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Title: A Cyber-Physical Approach to Airfoil Propulsion

Sarah Morris completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

October2

Candidate:  Sarah Morriw

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Charles Williamson (Chair), Olivier Desjardins, Edwin Cowen

Time and Place:  Thursday, September 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Hanwen Lu completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

September15

Candidate:  Hanwen Lu

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Abraham Stroock (Chair), Brian Kirby, Poul Petersen

Time and Place:  Friday, September 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 274 Olin Hall

Joseph Corbett Davies completes M.S. exam

August31

Candidate:  Joseph Corbett Davies

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Mark Campbell (Chair), G. Edward Suh

Time and Place:  Friday, Aug 25, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Dissertation Title:  Robust Contingency Planning and System Design for Safe and Secure Autonomous Road Vehicles

Harris Bang completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

August23

Candidate:  Harris Bang

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Daniel Selva (Chair), Guy Hoffman, So-Yeon Yoon

Time and Place:  Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 178 Rhodes Hall

Fnu Apoorva completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

August18

Candidate: Fnu Apoorva

Candidate’s Field: Mechanical Engineering

Committee: Ankur Singh (Chair), Brian Kirby, Robert Shepherd, Lynden Archer

Time and Place: Friday, August 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m., 383 Kimball Hall

Dissertation Title:  Engineered Technologies to Study the Role of Mechanical Signals in Human Lymphoma Growth and Therapeutic Response

Amy Engelbrecht-Wiggans completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

August15

Candidate: Amy Engelbrecht-Wiggans

Candidate’s Field: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Committee: Leigh Phoenix (Chair), Gennady Samorodnitsky, Meredith Silberstein

Time and Place: Monday, August 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 201 Thurston Hall

Dissertation Title:  Analysis and Test Strategies for Stress Rupture in
Unidirectional Continuous Fiber Composite Structures

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