Degrees and awards presented at Commencement 2008-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, May 26, 2008

Degrees and awards presented at Commencement 2008

Al Gore

Former Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore, the keynote speaker.

The 111th commencement at Carnegie Mellon University took place May 17-18, 2008. Al Gore, former Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, delivered the keynote address at the main ceremony on the morning of Sunday, May 18 in Gesling Stadium, urging graduates to be among the "next American heroes".  Carnegie Mellon Professor and alumnus Randy Pausch also made a surprise appearance on stage, telling students to "find your passion and follow it." 

The hooding ceremony for Doctor of Philosophy in Physics occurred during the evening of Saturday, May 17.  The distribution of diplomas took place in Wean Hall 7500 during the afternoon of Sunday, May 18. The degrees in physics conferred during the ceremony are listed below.


Chung
Dr. Kwangzoo Chung (center) receives his Doctoral diploma from Prof. Stephen Garoff (left) and Prof. Manfred Paulini (right).

Gaan
Dr. Sandeep Gaan (center) receives his Doctoral diploma from Prof. Manfred Paulini (left) and Prof. Stephen Garoff (right).

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

Kwangzoo Chung
Thesis title: Hadronic Production of psi(2S) Cross Section and Polarization
Advisor: James Russ
Alexander Fore
Thesis title: Lattice Boltzmann Models for Binary Solutions: Models for Diffusion between Species with Unequal Masses and Models for Flow of Immiscible Species in a Hele-Shaw Cell
Advisor: Robert Sekerka
Sandeep Gaan
Thesis title: Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Molecular Thin Films and Semiconductor Nanostructures
Advisor: Randall M. Feenstra
Panchapakesan Ganesh
Thesis title: First-Principles Study of Liquid and Amorphous Metals
Advisor: Michael Widom
Zebulun Krahn
Thesis title: A Partial Wave Analysis of Eta and Etaprime Meson Photoproduction using CLAS at Jefferson Lab
Advisor: Curtis Meyer
Shu Nie
Thesis title: Morphology and Electronic Properties of Silicon Carbide Surfaces
Advisor: Randall M. Feenstra
Raphael Alejandro Porto Pereira
Thesis title: An Effective Field Theory of Gravity for Spinning Extended Objects
Advisor: Ira Z. Rothstein
Seamus Patrick Riordan
Thesis title: Measurements of the Electric Form Factor of the Neutron at Q2=1.7 and 3.5 GeV2
Advisor: Gregg B. Franklin
Madhur Sachan
Thesis title: Magnetostatic Interactions in Highly Ordered Self-assembled Structures of \epsilon-Co Nanoparticles
Advisor: Sara Majetich
Vladimir M. Stojanovic
Thesis title: Novel Ordered States of Matter in Ultracold Atomic Gases
Advisor: W. Vincent Liu
Michael Earl Watkins
Thesis title: Inclusive Measurement of Upsilon (1S) Decays to Open Charm Hadrons
Advisor: Roy Briere
Michael Williams
Thesis title: Measurement of Differential Cross Sections and Spin Density Matrix Elements along with a Partial Wave Analysis for gamma p->p omega using CLAS at Jefferson Lab
Advisor: Curtis A. Meyer


Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics

Ahmet Kaya
Thesis title: Experimental Measurements of the Magnetic Recording Head High Frequency Response and Comparison to Quantitative Models
Advisor: James A. Bain

Evarts
Eric Evarts  (center) receives his Masters diploma from Prof. Manfred Paulini (left) and Prof. Stephen Garoff (right).


Master of Science in Physics

      Bora Akgun
      Tristan Bereau
      Ryan Booth
      Chien-Yi Chen
      Eric Evarts
      Haw Zan Goh
      Yueh-Feng Liu
      Duff Neill
      Siddarth Shenoy
      Nishtha Srivastava

Bachelors
Laurel Farmer (second from left) receives her Bachelors diploma from Profs. Garoff (left), Ghosh (second from right), and Luokkala (right).


Bachelor of Arts in Physics

Oliver A. Han  
Adam Michael Schloss (and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, expected May 2009)

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Noel McCay Berman
Stephen Thomas Brunner
Christopher P. Brust  
Daniel Richard Carmody
Jonathan D. Eckel
Kate Eckerle
Jerome Clark McHale  
Cara Nicole Palermo  
Federico Damian Pineda
Joseph Francis Slade IV
Jonathan Mark Stahlman  
Brian George Tice  
Holt Browning Wilkins  
Seda Avetisian (Minor in French and Francophone Studies)
Nicholas C. Dobbs (Minor in Computer Science)
Kelly L. Duncan (Minor in Mathematical Studies)
Sean Martin Gilroy (Minor in Mathematical Sciences)
Heeyong Kang (Minors in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Studies)
Nathan G. Morrison (Minors in German and Mathematical Sciences)
Gregory Peim (Minor in Mathematical Sciences)
Joshua S. Schiffrin (Minor in Mathematical Sciences)
Christof J. Schoenborn (Minor in Psychology)
Gregory J. Zborowski (Minor in Engineering Studies)
Levi B. Boyles (Additional Major in Computer Science)
Gregory Lewis Hallenbeck (Additional Major in Computer Science)
Alexander James Rutgers (Additional Major in International Relations)
Hayley Logan Finley (Astrophysics track with a Minor in French and Francophone Studies)
Joshua Ilany (Astrophysics track)
Stephen Conrad Schweizer (Astrophysics track)
Anja Weyant (Astrophysics track)
Laurel M. Farmer (Biophysics track)
David B. Huston (Computational Physics track)
Garrett Mitchell (Computational Physics track)

Russo
Antonio Russo (second from left) receives two Bachelors diplomas from Profs. Garoff (left), Ghosh (second from right), and Luokkala (right).


Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematical Sciences

David E. Baker (expected August 2008)
Antonio Enrico Russo


Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics

Ryan Bradley Comes  


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Physics

Kevin R. Costello


Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

Dorothy Florence Holland-Minkley


Minor in Physics

Joseph M. Arizpe
John T. Bauman
Samuel R. Burnett
Jason R. Cohen
Kyle E. Comer
Mizel Djukic
Jeffrey W. Grafton
Carl E. Lecompte
Justin F. Li
Paul D. McKenney
Mathew D. Nulph
Helder Rocha
Martin J. Rosenberg
Michael J. Sanphy
Samantha N. Spath

Award
Dorothy Holland-Minkley (center) receives her awards from Prof. Hugh Young (left) and Prof. Barry Luokkala (right).


Honors and Awards


Noel McKay Berman
      College Honors

Stephen Thomas Brunner
      University Honors
      College Honors

Daniel Richard Carmody
      University Honors
      College Honors
      Phi Kappa Phi
      Phi Beta Kappa

Ryan Bradley Comes
      University Honors
      College Honors
      Phi Beta Kappa

Kevin R. Costello
      University Honors

Kate Eckerle
       University Honors
       Phi Kappa Phi
       Phi Beta Kappa

Laurel M. Farmer
      University Honors

Hayley Logan Finley
      College Honors

Gregory Lewis Hallenbeck
      University Honors
      Phi Beta Kappa

Dorothy Florence Holland-Minkley
      University Honors
      Phi Beta Kappa

Nathan G. Morrison
      University Honors
      College Honors
      Phi Kappa Phi
      Phi Beta Kappa

Federico Damian Pineda
      University Honors
      College Honors

Antonio Enrico Russo
      University Honors
      College Honors
      Phi Kappa Phi
      Phi Beta Kappa

Joshua S. Schiffrin
      University Honors
      Phi Kappa Phi
      Phi Beta Kappa

Jonathan Mark Stahlman
      University Honors
      College Honors
      Phi Beta Kappa

Brian George Tice
      University Honors
      College Honors

Anja Weyant
      University Honors
      College Honors

Holt Browning Wilkins
      College Honors

Richard E. Cutkosky Award

      Jonathan Stahlman


Group
Degree recipients pose for a group photograph.