Dissertation defense schedule

Dissertation Defense Details

  • Videoconference Set Up
  • Tips for Effective Videoconference Dissertations

Submitting your Announcement of Public Defense of the Dissertation

Update: 09-01-21

Defenses may be held entirely in person so long as all university protocols are followed regarding such gatherings.  Hybrid defenses are also allowed, where some attendees are in person and others online, or the defense may take place entirely online.  The dissertation chair has the discretion to approve the option, but is asked to be sensitive of requests for remote attendance.

Create a Videoconference via Teams: If a hybrid or entirely online defense is held, the student will be responsible for setting up the virtual defense through the required platform, Microsoft Teams. 

  • Review tips on creating and managing webinars in Microsoft Teams. 
  • Please have the Dissertator send out invitations to those they would like to attend the session. Encourage the invitees to download the software or app of the platform being used in advance so they have a chance to troubleshoot.
  • Functionality is better over the apps than over web browsers. Chrome and Firefox are optimal if using a desktop or laptop browser. 
  • Videoconference dissertations should be scheduled 30 minutes before the scheduled defense time, allowing the dissertator and their audience ample time to troubleshoot and be acclimated to the virtual space. 
  • Include videoconference link and other meeting details in multiple communication so that it can be easily accessed by the invitees.  
  • For Microsoft Teams, become familiar with the additional features, including the "PolI" capabilities, which not only helps lighten up the event, but allows people to send encouragement to the dissertator.  
  • Advisors should begin with a brief explanation for the audience for how to use the platform. The most important reminder is to tell invitees to mute themselves unless they are speaking to reduce ambient noise and other distractions. Be sure to ask invitees if they are familiar with how to do this and if not, feel free to walk them through the mute feature. If there are audio issues, it can be helpful to turn the video off.
  • Advisors should record the session for the person defending as a memento for this occasion. This is a recommendation and optional. 

2022 Dissertation Defense Schedule 


Fahad Alshammari

Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dissertation Director: Ayman El-Refaie

Date/Time: November 8, 2022, 3:00p.m.

Defense Location: Engineering Hall Room 154

Dissertation Title: "A Study On The Hierarchical Control Structure Of The Islanded Microgrid"

Nicholas Post

Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dissertation Director: Fabien Josse

Date/Time: November 9, 2022, 10:00a.m.

Defense Location: Engineering Hall Room 154 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Highly Sensitive Sensor System Using Composite Sensor Coatings for Identification of Chemical Isomers"

William Herzberg

Program: Computational Sciences

Dissertation Director: Sarah Hamilton

Date/Time: November 10, 2022, 11:00a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Graph Neural Networks for Inverse Problems with Flexible Meshes"

Patrick Kennelly

Program: Interdisciplinary

Dissertation Director: Louise Cainkar

Date/Time: November 10, 2022, 11:30a.m.

Defense Location: Marquette Center for Peacemaking, or  Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "The Social Construction of Leadership: An examination of newspaper accounts of nonviolent social movement leaders"

Dongyu Liang

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Director: Simcha Singer

Date/Time: November 11, 2022, 12:00p.m.

Defense Location: Engineering Hall 354

Dissertation Title: "Improving Char Combustion Models Using Micro-CT, Automated Image Analysis, and Pore-resolving Simulations"

Elizaveta Grushnikova

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Director: Dmitri Babikov

Date/Time: November 11, 2022, 1:00p.m.

Defense Location: Wehr Chemistry 306

Dissertation Title: "Kinetics of Isotope-labeled Pathways in the Ozone Forming Recombination Reaction"

Yuanqi Jing

Program: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Nicholas Reiter

Date/Time: November 14, 2022, 11:00a.m.

Defense Location: Wehr Chemistry 306

Dissertation Title: "Application of Nanodisc Technology to a Membrane Bound P450: Functional Studies and Resonance Raman Studies on CYP51A1"

Ashley Faytol

Program: Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Director: Lisa Edwards

Date/Time: November 16, 2022, 12:00p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Latinas’ Use of Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism for IPV"



Patrick O'Kernick

Program: Religious Studies

Dissertation Director: Julian V. Hills

Date/Time: December 8, 2022, 11:30a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Moved to Compassion: Envisioning Parables in the Gospel of Luke"

Arafat Mahmood

Program: Computer Science, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: December 8, 2022, 12:00p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "A package of Smartphone and Sensor-Based Objective Measurement Tools for Physical and Social Exertional Activities"

Anne Malkoff

Program: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Director: Alyson Gerdes

Date/Time: December 14, 2022, 10:00a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Latine Youth's Intersecting Identities and Mental Health Outcomes: Exploring the Mediating Role of Family Functioning"