Commencement 2008 | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | John A. Carlson Center

Degree candidates


College of Engineering and Mines

Degree and honors information
* Summer degree recipient
**December degree recipient

Dr. Douglas J. Goering, Dean

Baccalaureate | Master's | Doctoral

Baccalaureate Degrees

Charles W. Bohart

cum laude, B.S., Geological Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

Devin C. Boyer

B.S., Computer Engineering

Shawn C. Brown

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Tess Elaina Caswell

magna cum laude, B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Emphasis. Student Leadership Honors. Golden Key Honor Society

Christopher A. Cavallo

B.S., Civil Engineering

Erik Crawford **

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Charles C. Degerlund

B.S., Civil Engineering

Shusila Dhungana **

B.S., Civil Engineering

Bruce T. Dianoski **

B.S., Civil Engineering

Joseph Dick

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Thomas Tyler Dyer, Jr.

B.S., Civil Engineering

Saber Ebadpour **

B.S., Industrial Process Engineering: Interdisciplinary Program

William J. Brown Farrell

cum laude, B.S., Electrical Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

Oliver J. Fleshman **

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Megayla Yvonne Franks *

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

James Steven Frost

B.S., Mining Engineering

Robbin Garber-Slaght **

magna cum laude, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Ethan Graetz

B.S., Civil Engineering

Brennon W. Haag **

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

James Hansen

B.S., Civil Engineering

Jacob Edward Horazdovsky **

B.S., Civil Engineering. Student Leadership Honors

Wyatt Hurlbut

B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Emphasis

Jonathan Hutchinson

B.S., Civil Engineering

Trevor Thomas Hyatt

summa cum laude, B.S., Civil Engineering. Honors Program. Student Leadership Honors. Golden Key Honor Society. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Alex S. Kotlovenko **

B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Kasper Kowalewski

B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Erik Ivan Leman **

cum laude, B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Maria Medvedeva

magna cum laude, B.S., Petroleum Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

Tessa Dee Cecelia Miller

B.S., Civil Engineering

Peter Morris

B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Petroleum Emphasis

David Aaron Morse

B.S., Civil Engineering

Adria Neitzer **

B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Mark Nelson

B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Petroleum Emphasis. Golden Key Honor Society

Chad David Odom

cum laude, B.S., Civil Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

Dominic Orr

B.S., Mining Engineering

Donald R. Pitts **

B.S., Civil Engineering. Student Leadership Honors

Timothy Charles Porritt

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Kristopher A. Reed

magna cum laude, B.S., Mechanical Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

William J. P. Robinson

cum laude, B.S., Geological Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

James Rutter

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Mark Sams

B.S., Civil Engineering

Adam Saunders

B.S., Electrical Engineering: Communications

Vincent Lynn Shen

B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Emphasis

David Song

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Matthew N. Van Atta

B.S., Mechanical Engineering. Honors Program

Alec Mikhail Venechuk

B.S., Geological Engineering

Casey Walsh

B.S., Civil Engineering

Zhaohong Wang

B.S., Petroleum Engineering. Golden Key Honor Society

Elliot Cook Wilson

B.S., Civil Engineering

Aram Wool

B.S., Electrical Engineering: Power and Control

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Master's Degrees

Olasunkanmi Ezekiel Awe *

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., Ladoke Ahintola University of Technology (Nigeria), 2004

Larre G. Brouhard *

M.S., Electrical Engineering. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006

Aaron A. Debrah *

M.S., Mineral Preparation Engineering. B.S., University of Science and Technology (People’s Republic of China), 2001. M.S., Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany), 2005

Akshay A. Deo *

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., University of Pune (India), 2004. M.S., University of Pune (India), 2006

Aditya U. Deshpande

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., University of Pune (India), 2004. M.S., University of Pune (India), 2006

Janak Raj Dhungana **

M.C.E., Civil Engineering. B.E., Tribhuvan University (Nepal), 1997. M.E., Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), 2002

Kaetochi Elekwachi **

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., Federal University of Technology (Nigeria), 2004

David Fish *

M.S., Environmental Quality Science: Water Supply and Waste Treatment. B.S., Montana State University, 1996

Stacey A. Frutiger

M.S., Environmental Engineering: Environmental Contaminants. B.S., South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 2004

Marilyn Kathryn Fye

M.S., Science Management. B.T., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006

Bindu Gadamsetty **

M.S., Electrical Engineering. B.T., Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India), 2006

Krishna R. Ganapuram **

M.E.E., Electrical Engineering. B.T., Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India), 2004. M.E.E., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008

Brad Havel

M.S., Science Management. B.S., University of Phoenix (Arizona), 2005

Denise Ann Herzog

M.S., Geological Engineering. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1987

Frederick Johan Hveding *

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., University of Alaska Anchorage, 2005

Yirong Jiang

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., China South-Western Petroleum Institute, 1984

Liping Jing

M.S., Geological Engineering. B.S., Xi’an University of Technology (People’s Republic of China), 1988

Sathish S. Kulathu

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., Birla Institute of Technology & Science (India), 2006

Vijay Kulkarni *

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., University Institute of Chemical Technology (India), 2005

Pradeep Kumar *

M.S., Mining Engineering. B.T., Indian School of Mines (India), 1987. M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008

Ikenna E. Nwaneri *

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., Federal University of Technology Owerri (Nigeria), 2003

Tshering Penjore *

M.S., Geological Engineering. B.E., PSG College of Technology (India), 2000

Daniel Peterson *

M.S., Mechanical Engineering. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006

Pravat Rai *

M.S., Geological Engineering. B.E., University of Wollongong (Australia), 2000

Chirag Raisharma **

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., University of Mumbai (India), 2006

Whitham D. Reeve

M.E.E., Electrical Engineering. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1969

William J. Rhodes *

M.S., Environmental Engineering: Environmental Contaminants. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006

Zhenhua Rui

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.S., Nanjing Normal University (People’s Republic of China), 2004. M.S., China University of Petroleum, 2006

Bhaskar C. Sahoo **

M.S., Applied Fluids and Thermal Engineering: Interdisciplinary Program. M.S., Berhampur University (India), 1999

Praveen Kumar Singh **

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.T., Lazminarayan Institute of Technology (India), 2004

Vinit Santosh Tathed **

M.S., Petroleum Engineering. B.E., University of Mumbai (India), 2006

Ravikanth S. Vajjha **

M.S., Mechanical Engineering. B.E., Osmania University (India), 2006


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Doctoral Degrees

Jennifer Lyn Benning **

Ph.D. Engineering: Environmental

B.S., Rutgers University (New Jersey), 1995. M.S., Virginia Tech (Virginia), 1997

Thesis: The Effects of Scale and Spatial Heterogeneities on Diffusion in Volcanic Breccias and Basalts: Amchitka Island, Alaska

This study examined the effects of heterogeneities in the subsurface on the diffusive transport of radionuclides for the underground nuclear test site at Amchitka Island, Alaska. The results indicate that the diffusive properties for Amchitka Island are highly variable, which is important for long-term radionuclide transport modeling efforts.

Major Professor: Dr. David L. Barnes

Matthew Thomas Bray **

Ph.D. Engineering: Arctic

B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2001. M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2003

Thesis: The Influence of Soil Cryostructure on the Creep and Long Term Strength Properties of Frozen Soils

The time-dependent mechanical properties of frozen soils were studied in relation to soil cryostructure (pattern of ice inclusion), which is used as an indicator of how a soil was deposited and subsequently frozen. Cryostructure was found to influence the creep, long term strength, and unfrozen water characteristics of frozen soils.

Major Professor: Dr. Yuri Shur

Hui Li

Ph.D. Applied Engineering Geophysics: Interdisciplinary Program

B.S., Chang’an University (People’s Republic of China), 1988. M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2004

Thesis: Experimental and Numerical Study of Sonic Wave Propagation in Freezing Sand and Silt

In conjunction with the temperature-velocity model developed in the study, the inward and outward freezing process and freezing front development in sand and silt samples were observed using computerized ultrasonic tomography in the laboratory and comparably simulated using comprehensive numerical finite element method.

Major Professor: Dr. Gang Chen

Srivathsan Ragunathan **

Ph.D. Engineering: Mechanical

B.E., Bharathidasan University (India), 2000. M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2003

Thesis: Numerical Simulation of Single Phase and Boiling Microjet Impingement

This thesis presents simulation results of laminar, confined single-phase and boiling microjet impingement. The single phase impingement studies show a strong dependence of the heat transfer on the recirculation patterns while the boiling jets show a strong dependence of the heat transfer on the inlet subcooling of the jet.

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas J. Goering

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