Friday, May 19, 2023

We are honored to congratulate our graduate students as they achieve important degree milestones. Comprehensive exams are taken after the completion of coursework and must be passed before research begins. Theses defenses or dissertations are the final examination of a program. This semester, seven students took their comprehensive exams defended their theses.

Levi Kirby successfully passed his comprehensive exams.

Fatemeh Dalilian successfully passed her comprehensive exams.

Valerie Boska successfully defended her dissertation, “Assessing Burnout in Providers using Telemedicine during COVID-19.” Findings from her work will help healthcare systems utilize a systems-based approach to support their providers and address burn-out contributing factors.

Amir Fallahdizcheh successfully defended his dissertation, “Statistical Transfer Learning for Modeling, Monitoring, and Prognosis for Manufacturing Systems.” His work addresses data scarcity by creating or finding a shared domain to bridge data-rich and data-scarce processes.

James Brown successfully defended his dissertation, “Effects of Helmet Mounted Display Symbology and Spatial Audio Cueing on Spatial Disorientation Prevention and Recovery.” Spatial disorientation is a major factor in aviation accidents, resulting in significant monetary costs and fatalities. Results from this thesis indicate significant flight performance benefits when aircraft attitude information is added to the helmet mounted display, which may have a profound impact on reducing spatial disorientation related mishaps.

Emily Shull successfully defended her dissertation, “Maintaining Attention with Enhanced Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) in Conditionally Automated Driving.” Conditionally automated driving systems allow the human operator to disengage from the driving task and engage in other non-driving related tasks. Three sets of research studies were conducted to investigate approaches to support successful transition of control.

Thomas Burt successfully defended his dissertation, “Modeling Cannabis Driving Impairment: The Role of Individual Differences in Predicting Safety Outcomes.”

Congratulations to our students and good luck in your future career endeavors!