Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Theses:

2017

  • Chen, Xiaoju – ‘Uncertainty Estimation in Matrix-based Life Cycle Assessment Models’ – Advisors: Matthews, Griffin
  • Gu, Yiming – ‘Bayesian-based Traffic State Estimation in Large-Scale Networks Using Big Data’ – Advisor: Qian
  • Malings, Carl- ‘Optimal Sensor Placement for Infrastructure System Monitoring using Probabilistic Graphical Models and Value of Information’ – Advisor: Pozzi
  • Song, Jeffery W., - ‘Making Sense of the Noise: Statistical Analysis of Environmental DNA Sampling for Invasive Asian Carp Monitoring Near the Great Lakes’ – Advisor: Small

2016

  • Abrahams, Leslie – ‘Quantitative Modeling Under Uncertainty to Inform Effective Energy and Environmental Policies’ – Advisors: Griffin, Matthews, Samaras
  • Agrawal, Vaibhav – ‘Multiscale Phase-field Model for Phase Transformation and Fracture’ – Advisor: Dayal
  • Bergman, Lauren – ‘Predicting Water Treatment Challenges From Source Water Natural Organic Matter Characterization’ – Advisor: VanBriesen
  • Dale, Amy – ‘Modeling the Fate of Engineered Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles in Surface Waters and Sediments: Environmental Drivers, Particle Properties, and Implications for Model Design’ – Advisors: Casman and Lowrey
  • Jha, Prashant – ‘Coarse Graining of Electric Field Interactions with Materials’ – Advisor: Dayal 
  • Lederman, George – ‘Data-Driven Approaches for Track Monitoring Using In-Service Trains’ – Advisors: Garrett, Noh, Bielak
  • Leitch, Megan – ‘Quantitative Structure-Flux Relationships of Membrane Distillation Materials for Water Desalination’ – Advisors: Lowry, Mauter
  • McQuilling, Alyssa – ‘Ammonia Emissions from Livestock in the United States: From Farm-Level Models to a New National Inventory’ – Advisor: Adams
  • Namhata, Argha – ‘Modeling and Statistical Assessment of Fluid Migration Response in the Above Zone Monitoring Interval of a Geologic Carbon Storage Site’ – Advisors: Nakles, Karamalidis
  • Orak, Nur – ‘Statistical Methods for Evaluating Exposure-Health Relationships’ – Advisor: Small
  • Posen, I. Daniel – ‘Fuel, Feedstock, or Neither? – Evaluating Tradeoffs in the use of Biomass for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation’ – Advisor: Griffin
  • Stegemeier, John- ‘Effects of Transformations of Ag and CuO Nanoparticles on Their Fate in Freshwater Wetland Sediments and Plants’ – Advisor: Lowry
  • Wang, Pengyun – ‘A Statistical Approach for Assessing Seismic Transitions Associated with Fluid Injections’ – Advisors: Small, Pozzi, Harbert

2015

  • Anil, Engin - 'Utilization of As-is Building Information Models Obtained from Laser Scan Data for Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Reinforced Concrete Buildings' - Advisors: Akinci and Garrett
  • Ashoori, Negin - 'Forcasting the Effects of Climate, Population, Price, and Conservation Behavior on Water Use in Los Angeles, California' - Advisors: Dzombak and Small
  • Azzolina, Nicholas - 'Statistical Approaches to Quantifying Uncertainty of Monitoring and Performance at Geologic CO2 Storage Sites' - Advisors: Nakles and Small
  • Burant, Aniela - 'Fate of Organic Compounds in High Salinity Waters and Supercritical CO2 Associated with Carbon Storage Environments' - Advisors: Karamalidis and Lowry
  • Dauson, Erin - 'Microparticle Separation Using Bulk Acoustic Waves in a PMMA Prism with a Tilted-Angle Channel' - Advisor: Oppenheim
  • Eyb Poosh, Matineh - 'A Data-Driven Framework Based on Sparse Representation of Ultrasonic Guided-Waves for Online Damage Detection of Pipelines' - Advisors: Berges and Noh
  • Giri, Suman - 'A Framework for Estimating Energy Consumed by Electric Loads through Minimally Intrusive Approaches' - Advisor: Berges
  • Jung, In-Soo - 'Anomaly Detection of Piezometer Data Collected from Embankment Dams' - Advisors: Garett and Berges
  • Gong, Peng – ‘Ultrasonic Signal Processing for Structural Damage Detection and Quantification’ – Advisor: Oppenheim
  • Markolf, Samuel - 'Climate Change Decision-Making at the Metropolitan Level: Current Estimates and Future Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in U.S. Metropolitan Areas' - Advisors: Matthews and Hendrickson
  • Memarzadeh, Milad - 'System-Level Adaptive Monitoring and Control of Infrastructures: A POMDP-based Framework' - Advisor: Pozzi
  • Noack, Clinton - 'Measurement and Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Hypersaline Fluids' - Advisors: Dzombak and Karamalidis
  • Peck, Dana - 'Data Driven Analyses & Policy Implications in the Transportation Works: A Focus on Pennsylvania Inspection & Registration Data' - Advisors: Matthews, Hendrickson, and Fischbeck
  • Roy, Arka - 'Rheology, Diffusion and Plastic Correlations in Jammed Suspensions' - Advisor: Maloney
  • Tom, Michelle - 'Impacts of the Overweight and Obese on the U.S. Food Supply and Transportation Systems' - Advisors: Hendrickson and Fischbeck
  • Wang, Zan - 'Characterization and Monitoring of Geochemical and Geophysical Effects of CO2 Leakage from Sequestration Reservoirs' - Advisors: Karamalidis and Small
  • Zhang, Xiaohan - 'Field Dislocation Mechanics with Applications in Atomic, Mesoscopic and Tectonic Scale Problems' - Advisor: Acharya

2014

  • Gao, Te – ‘Constructing a Complete and Accurate As-Built BIM Based on an As-Designed BIM and Progressive Laser Scans’ - Advisors: Akinci, Ergan, and Garrett 
  • Karimi, Kamran – ‘Quenched Stresses and Linear Elastic Response of Random Packings of Frictionless Particles Near Jamming’ - Advisor: Maloney

2013

  • Aghaei, Amin – ‘Symmetry-Adapted Molecular Modeling of Nanostructures and Biomembranes’ - Advisor: Dayal
  • Atasoy, Guzide - 'Visualizing and Interacting with Construction Project Performance Information' - Advisor: Akinci
  • Carlson, Derrick – ‘Analyzing Residential End-Use Energy Consumption Data to Inform Residential Consumer Decisions and Enable Energy Efficiency Improvements’ - Advisor: Matthews
  • Han, Linchen – ‘Evaluation of Nanoporous Electrode Materials for Ion Removal and Energy Recovery in Water Treatment by Capacitive Deionization’ - Advisors: Gregory and Karthikeyan
  • Isbiliroglu, Yigit – ‘Coupled Soil-Structure Interaction Effects of Symmetric and Asymmetric Buildings in Urban Regions’ - Advisor: Bielak
  • Izard, Catherine - 'How the Timing of Climate Change Policy Affects Infrastructure Turnover in the Electricity Sector: Engineering, Economic, and Policy Considerations' – Advisor: Matthews
  • Jiang, Mohan – ‘Integrating Water Use and Water Quality into Environmental Life Cycle Assessment: Limitations and Advancements Derived from Applications’ - Advisors: Hendrickson and VanBriesen
  • Lu, Chang-Tsan – ‘Atomistic Study of Motion of Twin Boundaries: Nucleation, Initiation of Motion, and Steady Kinetics’ - Advisor: Dayal
  • Ma, Rui - 'Environmental Transformation of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles' – Advisor: Lowry
  • Mashayekh, Yenganeh - 'Land Use and Congestion Management Strategies to Promote Urban Environmental Sustainability' - Advisors: Hendrickson & Matthews
  • Murali Mohan, Arvind - 'Microbial Ecology of Flowback and Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus Shale' – Advisor: Gregory
  • Restrepo, Doriam – ‘Effects of Topography on 3D Seismic Ground Motion Simulation with An Application to the Valley of Aburrá in Antioquia, Colombia’ - Advisor: Bielak
  • Taneja, Saurabh - 'A Framework for Evaluation and Generation of Navigation Models for Map-Matching of Indoor Positioning Data' – Advisors: Akinci, Garrett, and Soibelman
  • Tkacik, Daniel – ‘Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Combustion Emissions: Molecular Studies to Highway Tunnels’ - Advisors: Adams and Robinson
  • Venkatesh, Aranya - 'Towards Robust Energy Systems Modeling: Examining Uncertainty in Fossil Fuel-Based Life Cycle Assessment Approaches' – Advisor: Matthews
  • Westervelt, Daniel - 'Characterizing the Sources of Cloud Condensation Nuclei Using a Global Aerosol Modeling Approac'h – Advisor: Adams
  • Wilson, Jessica - 'Challenges for Drinking Water Plants from Energy Extraction Activities' – Advisor: VanBriesen
  • Ying, Yujie - 'A Data-Driven Framework for Ultrasonic Structural Health Monitoring of Pipes' – Advisors: Garrett, Oppenheim, and Soibelman
  • Zhang, Liwei - 'Acid Gas Interactions with Pozzolan-Amended Wellbore Cement Under Geologic Sequestration Conditions' – Advisors: Dzombak and Nakles

2012

  • Cerda Carriso, Fernando -  'Indirect Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges: Mathematical Models and Laboratory Experiments' - Advisors: Garrett & Bielak
  • Choudbury, Mahbuboor - 'Corrosion and Corrosion Management in Power Plant Cooling Systems Using Tertiary Treated Municipal Wastewater as Makeup Water' - Advisor: Dzombak
  • Griffith, Craig Alexander - 'Physical Characteristics of Caprock Formations used for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide and the Impact of Uncertainty in Fracture Properties on Carbon Dioxide Transport through Fractures Caprocks'; Advisors: Dzombak, Lowry, Small
  • Hasan, Asad - 'Studies on Elasticity of Single Crystals: Homogeneous Dislocation Nucleation and Disordered Colloidal Crystal'  - Advisor: Maloney
  • Liu, Xuesong - 'An Integrated Information Support Framework for Performance Analysis and Improvement of Secondary HVAC Systems' - Advisors: Akinci, Garrett and Bergés
  • Mullins, Kimberly - 'Evaluating Biomass Energy Policy in the Face of Emissions Reductions Uncertainties and Feedstock Supply Risk' - Advisor: Matthews
  • Nagengast, Amy - 'Energy Performance Impacts from Competing Low-slope Roofing Choices and Photovoltaic Technologies' - Advisor: Hendrickson
  • Nealer, Rachael An - 'Sustainable Transportation and Decision-Making: Case Studies of Transportation Decisions to reduce Environmental Impacts'; Advisors: Hendrickson, Matthews
  • Oberoi, Sharad Vimal - 'Towards a Framework to Support Engineering Design Student Projects'; Advisor: Finger
  • Peng, Juan - 'Geochemical Conditions and Design Considerations Affecting Electrode-induced  Removal of U (VI) and Tc (VII) from Acidic Groundwater'; Advisor: Gregory
  • Reinsch, Brian Carl - 'Chemical Transformations of Zero-valent Iron and Silver Nanomaterials in Natural and Model Environmental Media'. Advisor: Lowry
  • Singh, Rajarshi -  'Some Computational Studies of the Continuum Mechanics of Phase Transformations and Dislocation Plasticity' - Advisor: Acharya
  • Sun, Mei - 'Experimental Evaluation of Electrode-Based Technologies for In-situ Sediment Remediation and Industrial Brine Treatment' - Advisors: Lowry & Gregory
  • Tan, Likun - 'Temporal Coarse-Graining of High-Frequency Dynamics Using Parameterized Locally Invariant Manifolds and Practical Time Averaging' - Advisors: Acharya, Dayal & Soibelman
  • Theregowdo, Ranjani - 'Application of Direct and Environmental Costs to Evaluate Tertiary Treatment Alternatives for Reuse of Treated Municipal Wastewater' - Advisor: Dzombak
  • Venkatesh, Aranya - 'Towards Robust Energy Systems Modeling: Examining Uncertainty in Fossil Fuel-Based Life Cycle Assessment Approaches'. Advisors: Matthews, Jaramillo, Griffin
  • Xu, Yan - 'Microbial-catalyzed Reductive De chlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs) in Hudson and Grasse River Sediment-Shifts of Microorganism, PCB Tracker Pairs and Geochemical Properties'; Advisor: VanBriesen
  • Yang, Lun - 'Real Space Phase Field Simulations of Ferroelectric Materials'; Advisor: Dayal
  • Ying, Yujie - 'A Data-Driven Framework for Ultrasonic Structural Health Monitoring of Pipes'. Advisors:  Garrett, Oppenheim, Soibelman

2011

  • Akcamete, Asli - 'A Formal Approach for Managing Facility Change Information and Capturing Change History as part of Building Information Models (BIMs)'; Advisors: Akinci and Garrett
  • Bigrigg, Michael - 'Infrastructure Monitoring With Failure-Possible Sensor Networks'; Advisors: Garrett and Matthews
  • Blackhurst, Michael - 'Achieving Realistic Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in U.S. Cities'; Advisors: Hendrickson and Matthews
  • Costello, Christine - 'Relating Land Use and Select Environmental Impacts to U.S. Consumption with a Focus on Agricultural Products'; Advisor: Matthews
  • Das, Amit - 'Modeling of Meso-scale Plastic Response of Thin Films, Inclusiong Size Effects and Dislocation Wall Dynamics'; Advisor: Ancharya
  • Li, Zhiqiang - 'Mechanistic Insight into the Effect of Polymer and NOM Coatings on Adhesion and Interactions between Nonoparticles and Bacteria'; Advisors: Gregory and Lowry
  • Shao, Kan - 'Bayesian Model Averaging for Toxicity Study Design and Benchmark Dose Estimation';  Advisor: Small
  • Yang, Ya-Mei - 'Statistical Methods for Integrating Multiple CO2 Leak Detection Techniques at Geologic Sequestration Sites'; Advisors: Small and Fischbeck
  • Zahoor, Mudasar - 'Non-Local Damage Modeling of Rocks Under the Conditions of High Pressure and High Temperature (HPHT)'; Advisor: Acharya

2010

  • Berges, Mario - 'A Framework for Enabling Energy-Aware Facilities Through Minimally-Intrusive Approaches'; Advisor: Soibelman
  • Dutta, Debaditya - 'Ultrasonic Techniques for Baseline-Free Damage Detection in Structures'; Advisors: Sohn and Oppenheim
  • Hughes, Amanda - 'Identifying Polychlorinated Biphenyl Dechlorination Pathways, Processes and Implications for Risk Management'; Advisors: Profs. VanBriesen and Small
  • Shih, Chung-Yan - 'Geospatial Decision Support Framework for Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Assessment'; Advisors: Soibelman, Garrett and Matthews 
  • Taborda, Ricardo - 'Three Dimensional Nonlinear Soil and Site-City Effects in Urban Regions'; Advisor: Prof. Bielak
  • de Oliveira, Daniel Pinho - ‘Spatial Data Analysis of Networked Infrastructure Failure Data: An Application for Condition Assessment of Drinking Water Distribution Systems’; Advisor: Profs. Garrett and Soibelman
  • Francis, Royce Alexander - ‘Topics in Occurrence and Mixture Risk Assessment Supporting Formulation and Analysis of the Stage II Residual Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule’; Advisor: Profs. Small and VanBriesen
  • Kim, Hye-Jin - ‘Transport, Reactivity and Fate of Polyelectrolyte Modified Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles Used for Groundwater Remediation in Heterogeneous Porous Media’; Advisor: Prof. Lowry
  • Lee, Yunha - ‘Evaluation of Aerosol Indirect Effect Including Aerosols-Precipitation Interaction Using a Fast and Accurate Global Microphysics Model’; Advisor: Prof. Adams
  • Leite, Fernanda Lustosa - ‘Representing and Reasoning about Building Systems and Contents to Support Vulnerability Assessment in Building Emergencies’; Advisor: Prof. Akinci
  • Mangmeechai, Aweewan - ‘Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Comsumptive Water Use, and Levelized Costs of Unconventional Oil in North America’; Advisor: Prof. Matthew
  • Pradhan, Anu Raj - ‘An Approach for Fusing Data from Multiple Sources to Support Construction Productivity Analyses’; Advisor: Prof. Akinci
  • Puri, Saurabh - ‘Modeling Dislocation Sources and Plastic Flow through Grain Boundaries in Mesoscopic Field Dislocation Mechanics’; Advisor: Prof. Acharya
  • Shih, Chung Yan - ‘Geospacial Decision Support Framework for Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Assessment’ ; Advisor: Profs. Garrett, Matthews and Soibelman
  • Staten, Matthew L.  - ‘Sheet-Based Generation and Modification of Unstructured Conforming All-Hexahedral Finite Element Meshes’; Advisor: Profs. Bielak and Shimada
  • Tang, Pingbo - ‘Extraction of Surveying Goals from Point Clouds Obtained from Laser Scanners to Support Bridge Inspection’; Advisor: Prof. Akinci

2009

  • Trivitayanurak, Win - 'Development of a Global Aerosol Microphysics Model Driven by Assimilated Meteorology and Evaluation Against Field Campaign Data'; Advisor: Prof. Adams
  • Attari, Shahzeen Zahid - 'Global Climate Change and Human Behavior: Decreasing Energy Consumption'; Advisor: Prof. Davidson
  • Hsieh, Ming-Kai - 'Corrosion Control in Thermoelectric Power Plant Cooling Systems Using Impaired Waters as Alternative Sources'; Advisor: Prof. Dzombak

2008

  • Coffelt, Donald - 'Roof Management Improvement: Improving Infrastructure Management Decision Making Through a Consideration of Total Life Cycle Cost and Deterioration'; Advisor: Prof. Hendrickson
  • Guo, Wei - 'Automated Defect Detection and Recognition for Wastewater Infrastructure Inspection and Condition Assessment'; Advisors: Profs. Garrett and Soibelman
  • Helbling, Damian - 'Monitoring Chlorine as an Indicator of Microbial Contamination in Water Distribution Systems'; Advisor: Prof. VanBriesen
  • Isovitsch Parks, Shannon - 'Water Quality Control through Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Water Quality Monitoring Systems'; Advisor: Prof. VanBriesen
  • Kiziltas, Semiha - 'An Automated Approach for Developing Integrated Model-Based Project Histories to Support Estimation of Activity Production Rates'; Prof. Akinci
  • Phenrat, Tanapon - 'Effect of Polymeric Surface Modification on Nano-sized Zerovalent Iron (NZVI) Aggregation, Transport of Concentrated NZVI Dispersions in Porous Media, and Reactivity with Trichloroethylene'; Advisor: Prof. Lowry
  • Samaras, Constantine - 'A Life-Cycle Approach to Technology, Infrastructure, and Climate Policy  Decision Making:  Transitioning to Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Low-Carbon Electricity'; Advisor: Prof. Hendrickson
  • Wakeley, Heather - 'Alternative Transportation Fuels: Infrastructure Requirements and Environmental Impacts for Ethanol and Hydrogen'; Advisor: Prof. Hendrickson
  • Weber, Christopher - 'Trade, Consumption, and Climate Change: An Input-Output Study for the United States'; Advisory: Prof. Matthews

2007

  • Hawkins, Troy - 'A Mixed-Unit Input-Output Model for Life Cycle Assessment:Development, Uncertainty, and Application'; Advisors: Profs. Hendrickson and Matthews
  • Harris, Allison - 'Modeling Soil Particle Resuspension Over a Range of Length Scales'; Advisor: Prof. Davidson
  • Higgins, Cortney - 'Quantifying and Assessing the Impacts of Heavy Metal Flows: Fate, Transport, and Impacts of Lead Use in U.S. Produce Manufacturing'; Advisors: Profs. Matthews and Small
  • Jaramillo, Paulina - 'A Life Cycle Comparison of Coal and Natural Gas for Electricity Generation and the Production of Transportation Fuels'; Advisors: Profs. Matthews and Griffin
  • MacDonald, Jacqueline - 'Risks of Unexploded Ordnance at Former Military Training Ranges: Mathematical Modeling and Assessment'; Advisor: Prof. Small
  • Marriott, Joseph - 'An Electricity-focused Economic Input-Output Model: Life-cycle Assessment and Policy Implications of Future Electricity Generation Scenarios'; Advisor: Prof. Matthews
  • Moore, Robert - 'Three-Dimensional Computational Modeling of Polycrystalline Materials'; Prof. Saigal
  • Saleh, Navid - 'An Assessment of Novel Polymeric Coatings to Enhance Transport and In situ Targeting of Nanoiron for Remediation of Non-aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPLs)'; Advisor: Prof. Lowry
  • Sharrard, Aurora - 'Greening Construction Processes with an Input-Output-Based Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment Model'; Advisor: Prof. Matthews

2006

  • Askan, Aysegul - 'Full Waveform Inversion for Seismic Velocity and Anelastic Losses in Heterogeneous Structures'; Advisors: Prof. Bielak and Ghattas
  • Boukamp, Frank - 'Modeling of and Rerasoning about Construction Specifications to Support Automated Defect Detection'; Advisor: Prof. Akinci
  • Chen, Ping - 'Extension and Combination of Economic Input Output Models for Assessing Critical Infrastructure System Interdependencies'; Advisors: Profs. Matthews, Garrett, Hendrickson
  • Escoriza, Maria - 'Quantification and Viability Assessment of Waterborne Bacteria Using Raman Spectroscopy'; Advisors: Prof. VanBriesen, Dzombak
  • Gordon, Christopher - 'A Formalism and a Framework for Planning of Sensor-Based Construction Inspections'; Advisors: Profs. Akinci, Garrett
  • Khaitan, Sameer - 'In-Situ Neutralization of Stored Bauxite Residue'; Advisors: Profs. Dzombak, Lowry
  • Liu, Ran -'Electrochemical Study of Pyrite Dissolution'; Advisor: Prof. Dzombak
  • Liu, Yueqiang - 'Reactivity and Lifetime of Nano-scale Zero-Valent Iron For Groundwater Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid Remediation'; Advisor: Prof. Lowry
  • Morrow III, William - 'An Assessment of Costs and Infrastructure for Alternative Uses of Biomass Energy Crops as an Energy Feedstock'; Advisor: Prof. Matthews
  • Singhvi, Vipul - 'Machine Learning Based Building Control Strategy'; Advisors: Profs. Matthews, Garrett
  • Stolaroff, Joshuah - 'CO2 Capture from Ambient Air: A Feasibility Assessment'; Advisors: Profs. Lowry, David Keith
  • Tantisevi, Kevin - 'Representations and Formalisms for Generating Conflict-Free Workspaces of Mobile Cranes on Construction Sites'; Advisor: Prof. Akinci
  • Wang, Hongjun - 'Domain-Oriented Semi-Automated Model Matching for Supporting Building Commissioning-Related Data Exchange'; Advisors: Profs. Akinci, Garrett
  • Xiao, Jinghua - 'Thermodynamic and Kinetic Model for Bacterial Yield Prediction'; Advisor: Prof. VanBriesen