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Master’s Thesis Defense of Wei-Zin (Peter) Ho

Title: Air Quality Benefits from Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Ammonia and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from a Fleet of Ethanol Fueled Vehicles and Real-World Emissions from Diesel and Natural Gas-Powered Street-Sweepers Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 2PM Abstract: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) continue to be a major contributor to air pollution. Emissions from ICEs play a big role...

The Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Evander Ramos

Title: Strain-Based Characterization in Severe Plastic Deformation Processing Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2PM Abstract: Scientific innovation is often driven by novel processing capabilities, which enable the production of materials with new and exciting properties. A number of techniques referred to as severe plastic deformation (SPD) have been developed which utilize unprecedented extreme strain conditions to...

The Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Tommaso Menara

Title: Reverse Engineering Synchronization of Brain Network Dynamics: Controllability Properties and Functional Patterns Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 3PM Abstract: Reverse engineering the brain holds the promise to overhaul the quality of life of human beings and vastly benefit mankind. Further advances towards this goal will lead to the reversal of cognitive decline, the creation of...

The Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Rosalinda Lopez

Title: Sea ice drift in spring- and summer-time Arctic marginal ice zones derived from optical satellite imagery Friday, September 3, 2021, 9AM Abstract: Warming temperatures and extreme weather conditions have transformed the Arctic climate system. Most salient are the reduction of ice cover and the growth of marginal ice zones (MIZ). MIZ are regions along...

The Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Heather Salvador

Title: Microstructural engineering for strength and stability in magnesium alloy systems Friday, August 13, 2021, 2PM Abstract: In an effort to reduce fuel emissions to meet regulations and improve fuel efficiency, the transport industry is constantly seeking to replace parts made out of aluminum or steel with lighter materials without losing structural integrity. Magnesium has...

The Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Andisheh Tavakoli

Title: Design and Optimization of a Composite Heat Spreader to Improve the Thermal Management of Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuits Monday, June 21, 2021, 11am Abstract: The present study documents the optimal distribution of a limited amount of high thermal conductivity material to enhance the heat removal of 3D integrated circuits, ICs, numerically. The structure of the...

PhD Defense of Cavan McCaffery

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, March 2021 Dr. Georgios Karavalakis, Dr. Heejung Jung, Chairpersons

PhD Defense of Kamran Shojaei

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, April 2021 Dr. Lorenzo Mangolini, Chairperson

PhD Defense of David Halaney

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, February 16, 2021 Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, Chairperson

PhD Defense of Nami Davoodzadeh

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, January 2020 Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, Chairperson

PhD Defense of Rajasekhar Anguluri

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, November 2019 Dr. Fabio Pasqualetti, Chairperson

PhD Defense of Nigel Williams

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering University of California, Riverside, November 2019 Dr. Matthew J. Barth, Chairperson