Dissertations: October 7, 2019

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Applied Physics
Overvig, Adam. Multivariate optical wavefronts generated by dielectric metasurfaces. Sponsor: Nanfang Yu.

Art History and Archaeology
Cohen, Lucas. Port of Flanders: Jef Geys and Belgium in the 1970s. Sponsor: Rosalind Krauss.

Vazquez de Arthur, Andrea. Potraits, pots, or power objects? On the imagery and ontology of Wari Face Neck vessels. Sponsor: Esther Pasztory.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Sheth, Ravi. New tools for understanding and engineering microbiomes. Sponsor: Harris Wang.

Chemistry
Xu, Tianchuan. Loop prediction and homology modeling with ultra-high resolution. Sponsor: Richard Friesner.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Zou, Dongxin. Socialist medicine and Maoist humanitarianism: Chinese missions to Algeria, 1963-1984. Sponsor: Eugenia Lean.

Economics
Puente, Manuel. Experiments on behavioral economics. Sponsor: Alessandra Casella.

Electrical Engineering
de Godoy Peixoto, Daniel. Ultra-low-power IoT solutions for sound source localization: Combining mixed-signal processing and machine learning. Sponsor: Peter Kinget.

Mangal, Vivek. Energy-detecting receivers for wake-up radio applications. Sponsor: Peter Kinget.

Yeh, Chung-Heng. Mechanistic models of neural computation in the fruit fly brain. Sponsor: Aurel Lazar.

Zhang, Aonan. Composing deep learning and Bayesian nonparametric methods. Sponsor: John Paisley.

Italian
DeWitt, Allison. Visualizing Dante's world: Geography, history and material culture. Sponsor: Teodolinda Barolini.

Kiviat, Nicole. Home cooking: Negotiating food and Heimat in postwar Italian aesthetics. Sponsor: Elizabeth Leake.

Materials Science and Engineering
Banerjee, Soham. Improved modeling of nanocrystals from atomic pair distribution function data. Sponsor: Simon Billinge.

Mechanical Engineering
Zhang, Haohan. A novel robotic platform to assist, train, and study head-neck movements. Sponsor: Sunil Agrawal.

Music
Cairns, Elliott. Listening to the world: The Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv and the emergence of comparative musicology. Sponsor: Ellie Hisama.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Donegan, Macayla. Coding of social novelty in the hippocampal CA2 region and its disruption and rescue in a mouse model of schizophrenia. Sponsor: Steven Siegelbaum.

Operations Research
Cooper, Hal. SmartGraph: An artificially intelligent graph database. Sponsor: Garud Iyengar.

Political Science
Khan, Sarah. Making democracy work for women: Essays on gender and political participation in Pakistan. Sponsor: Macartan Humphreys.

Sociology
Fink, Pierre. The rise of the money market: The U.S. State, New York City banks and the commodification of money, 1945-1980. Sponsor: Joshua Whitford.

Sociology
Leao, Luciana. Experimenting on the poor: The politics of social policy evaluation in Brazil and Mexico. Sponsor: Gil Eyal.

 

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Biomedical Engineering
Lee, Haeun. Exhaustion in chronic lymphocytic leukemia T cells.

Chemical Engineering
Rampal, Nikhil. Computational insights into ion pairing, solvation and dynamics in concentrated aqueous solutions.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Alrassy, Patrick. Traffic injury prediction model and high resolution driver behavior safety metrics derived from large GPS vehicle fleet telematics data mapped using a novel non-casual OBD-data-assisted cost-based map-matching algorithm.

Douba, Ala Eddin. Multi-scale concrete 3D printing with emphasis on cement rheology.

Shou, Zhenyu. Harnessing big data for the sharing economy in smart cities.

Classics
Izzo, John. Tironian notes: Literary and historical studies of a Ciceronian freedman.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Zhang, Yifan. Inscribing the "Airs" of Wu: Local knowledge, vernacular soundscape, and cultural hybridity in early modern China, c. 1450-1650.

Materials Science and Engineering
Michelson, Aaron. The design of complex material with DNA origami.

Mechanical Engineering
Mici, Joni. Layered assembly: Multi-material rapid digital fabrication.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Ben Hammed, Mohamed. Mystical temporality and its subject in modern Arabic thought and literature.

Religion
Esparza, Daniel. Absurd forgiveness: An existential approach.

Sociology
Grey, Eugene. Entangled to duel: Honor, status, and the costly norm of violence.

Hidalgo, Anna. Intimacy and globalization: An ethnography in Mancora, Peru.

Huang, Tiffany. Strategizing identity in the college application process.