On Saturday morning, May 20, the College of Engineering recognized its 2017 graduates during the traditional convocation ceremony. Hundreds of family members and friends turned out to celebrate the achievements of the College’s 263 bachelor’s degree graduates, 114 master’s degree recipients, and nine PhDs.
The ceremony began with a brief welcome from Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, who then presented two faculty awards. Electrical and Computer Engineering Instructor Edward Char received the Reverend William F. Farrell Award, which recognizes a faculty or staff member who demonstrates exemplary personal concern for students. The College of Engineering Teaching Award was presented to Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Leslie McCarthy, PhD, PE. Chosen by a vote of the senior undergraduate engineering students, this award recognizes innovation in the classroom, excellent student learning outcomes and advancement in the field of engineering education.
Gerard “Jerry” Jones, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, began the student recognition and awards portion of the event. He first named those who earned doctoral degrees and the title of their dissertations:
- Mahsa Ebrahim, “Identification of the Impact Regimes of a Liquid Droplet Propelled by a Gas Stream Impinging onto a Dry Surface,” advised by Dr. Alfonso Ortega
- Amanda Jean Hess, “Rain Garden Evapotranspiration Accounting,” advised by Drs. Bridget Wadzuk and Andrea Welker
- Branka Jokanovic, “Sparsity-Aware Time-frequency Distributions,” advised by Dr. Moeness Amin.
- Michael Lee Pluimer, “Evaluation of Corrugated HDPE Pipes Manufactured with Recycled Content in Commuter Rail Applications,” advised by Drs. Leslie McCarthy and Andrea Welker
- Mohsan Samadani, “Model-based and Data-driven Algorithms for Diagnostics of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems,” advised by Dr. C. Nataraj
- Yue Xu Schuman, “Mechanical Reinforcement, Shape Stabilization and Thermal Improvement of Phase-Change Energy Storage Materials Using Graphene Oxide Aerogel,” advised by Drs. Gang Feng and Amy Fleischer
- Mahmoud Kabalan, “Large-Signal Lyapunov-Based Stability Analysis of DC/AC Inverters and Inverter-Based Microgrids,” advised by Dr. Pritpal Singh
Mahmoud Kabalan, PhD, was presented with the College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.