NIU Math Department: Ph.D. Dissertations

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Ph.D. Graduates, their Dissertation Titles, Placements, Research Areas and Dissertation Directors

1989

Name First Position Research Area Dissertation Title
Mark Gruenwald University of Evansville Functional Analysis
Director: Robert Wheeler
Strictly Equicontinuous Subsets of the Space of Bochner Integrable Functions

1990

Name First Position Research Area Dissertation Title
Mary Dever Illinois Benedictine College Analysis
Director: Peter Nicholls
Möbius Transformations in Several Dimensions

1991

Name First Position Research Area Dissertation Title
Vicki Schell University of West Florida Mathematics Education
Director: Merlyn Behr
An Investigation of the Role of Symmetry in Partitioning Tasks
 
Rongdong Wang Texas A&I University Differential Equations
Director: Man Kam Kwong
Co-director: Anton Zettl
Absolute Stability of Nonlinear Differential Systems
David Wilkins Lewis University Functional Analysis
Director: Robert Wheeler
Some Results on the Mackey Dual of a Banach Space

1992

Name First Position Research Area Dissertation Title
Hisa Tsutsui Millersville University (PA) Ring Theory
Director: William D. Blair
The Structure of Rings all of Whose Ideals are Prime
Jonathan Cornick Queen Mary College, London (now at Ohio State University) Homological Algebra
Director: Martin Lorenz
Co-director: John Beachy
On the Homology of Group Graded Algebras
Fernando Rincon National University of Columbia Numerical Control
Director: Biswa Nath Datta
Feedback Stabilization of Second-Order Models
Douglas Mupasiri University of Northern Iowa Functional Analysis
Director: Robert Wheeler
Some Results on Complex Convexity and the Geometry of Complex Vector Spaces

1993

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Radha Mohanty DeKalb Plant Genetics (Statistician) Time Series Analysis
Director: Mohsen Pourahmadi
Estimation of Prediction Error Variance of a Multivariate Time Series
Mark Arnold University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Numerical Control
Director: Biswa Nath Datta
Algorithms and Conditioning for Eigenvalue Assignment
Howard Dwyer University of Wisconsin (Platteville) Differential Equations
Director: Anton Zettl
Eigenvalues of Matrix Sturm-Liouville Problems With Separated or Coupled Boundary Conditions
Mithu Purkayastha University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) Numerical Linear Algebra
Director: Biswa Nath Datta
Co-director: Christian Bischof
A Parallel Algorithm for the Sylvester Observer Equation
Santosh Mohanty Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India Numerical Linear Algebra
Director: Gregory S. Ammar
Efficient Algorithms for Eigenspace Decompositions of Toeplitz Matrices

1994

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
John Boardman Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky Topological Measure Theory
Director: Robert Wheeler
Quasi-Measures on Completely Regular Spaces
Samar Choudhary Cray Research Inc., Eagan, Minnesota Numerical Control
Director: Biswa Nath Datta
On Numerical Solutions of Large Sparse Linear Systems and Applications
Wenge Hao Texas Instruments Fluid Mechanics
Director: Frederick Bloom
Long Time Behavior of Bipolar Fluid Flows
Elaine Rosenbloom Lewis University, Romeoville, IL Differential Equations
Director: Bernard Harris
The Asymptotic Solutions of Linear Differential Equations
Sheryl Wills University of Wisconsin, Platteville Fluid Dynamics
Director: Hamid Bellout
Perturbations of the Domain and Regularity of the Solutions of the Bipolar Fluid Flow Equations in Polygonal Domains
Erhan Coskun Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Numerical Analysis
Director: Man Kam Kwong
Co-director: Bernard Harris
Numerical Analysis of Ginzburg-Landau Models for Superconductivity
Haskiz Cinemre Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Differential Equations
Director: Bernard Harris
Topics in the Theory of Periodic Differential Equations

1995

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Guoqiang Huang Rosnet Software Developing Corp. Finite Groups
Director: Harvey Blau
Co-director: Henry Leonard
Problems in the Theory of Block Induction
Frank Marzano Edinboro University of PA Differential Equations
Director: Bernard Harris
Some Results in the Theory of Regularized Periodic Differential Equations
Susan Talarico University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Differential Equations
Director: Bernard Harris
Asymptotics of Right Definite Sturm-Liouville Equations

1996

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Ran Lee Kwang Ju Institute of Sciences and Technology (Korea) Numerical Linear Algebra
Director: Karabi Datta
Co-director: Yoopyo Hong
The Homotopy Method for Solving the Eigenproblem for Hermitian Matrices
John Diamantopoulos Ouachita Baptist University Differential Equations
Director: Bernard Harris
The Asymptotic Form of the Titchmarsh-Weyl M-Lambda Function
Chandanie Hetti-Arachchige University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) Numerical Control
Director: Biswa Nath Datta
On the Numerical Solutions of the Sylvester-Observer Equation, and the Multi-Input Eigenvalue Assignment Problem
Tsair-Chuan Lin Nan-Jeon College of Technology and Commerce (Taiwan) Time Series Analysis
Director: Mohsen Pourahmadi
Nonparametric Regression with Time Series Error
David Klanderman Trinity Christian College Mathematics Education
Director: Helen Khoury
Preservice Teachers' Level of Understanding Variables and Functions within Multiple Representational Modes

1997

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Shiaohong Ran Abbott Laboratories Statistics
Director: Ibrahim Ahmad
Choosing Smoothing Parameters in Nonparametric Curve Fitting Using Kernel Contrasts
Gregory M. Manning Fed Ex (Memphis) Combinatorics/Number Theory
Director: John Selfridge
Co-Director: Richard Blecksmith
The m(4) Problem of Erdös and Hajnal

1998

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Esther M. Huntzinger Billings Grand Valley State Univ. Mathematics Education
Director: Helen Khoury
Qualitative-Based Reasoning of Preservice Elementary School Teachers in Proportion Situations
Andrew N. Woods Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Atlanta Mathematical Modelling
Director: Frederick Bloom
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis of Flash Evaporation

1999

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Jean Cassidy Aurora University Numerical Linear Algebra
Director: Ching-Tsuan Pan
Solving the TLS Problem Via Rank Revealing LU Factorization
Abdel-Razzaq Mugdadi University of Minnesota at Duluth Statistics
Director: Ibrahim Ahmad
Nonparametric Curve Fitting of the Probability Density Functions of Random Variables with Applications
Jason Thrun University of Wisconsin at Plattville Mathematics Education
Director: Helen Khoury
College students' rational-number-as-operator strategies: A focus on students' coordination of units and distributivity of operators in problem-solving situations

2000

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Suzanne Riehl Univ. of Northern Iowa Director: Bernard Harris Spectral Functions Associated with Sturm Lioville and Dirac Equations
Karthik Devarajan Bristol-Myers Squibb Statistics
Director: Nader Ebrahimi
Inference for a Non-Proportional Hazards Regression Model and Applications
Hyungkoo Park Matrix Theory
Director: Yoopyo Hong
Studies on the Matrices under Phi-maps
Svetlana Butler Functional Analysis
Director: Daniel Grubb
Co-Director: Robert Wheeler
Q-Functions, Extreme Points, and Density Theorems in the Space of Quasi-Measures
Matthias Weiss Case Western Reserve Univ. Complex Analysis
Director: Peter Waterman
Limit-Set Action of Discrete Mobius Groups

2001

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Daniel Molefe Oak Ridge Laboratory Statistics
Director: Nader Ebrahimi
Survival Function Estimation When Lifeframe and Censoring Times Are Dependent
Djamal Benbourenane Indiana University at South Bend Analysis
Director: Linda Sons
Value Distribution for Solution of Complex Differential Equations in the Unit Disk
Bangteng Xu University of California at Santa Cruz Algebra
Director: Harvey Blau
Blocks with Abelian Defect Groups
Daniil Sarkissian Mississippi State University Numerical Analysis
Director: Biswa Datta
Theory and Computation of Partial Eigenvalue and Eigenstructure Assignment Problems in Matrix Second Order and Distributed Parameter Systems
Mohamned Al-Rawwash Irbid University Jordon Statistics
Director: Mohsen Pourhamadi
Gaussian Estimation and Modelling Covariance in Longitudanal Data Analysis

2002

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Agrin Calachan Molefe University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Statistics
Director: Blakrishna Hosmane
Tests for Mis Specification in Binary Regression Using the Generalized Estimating Equations Approach
Bharath Sriraman University of Montana Mathematics Education
Directors: Robert Wheeler, Alan Zollman, and Harvey Switzky
A Grounded Reseach Qualitative Study of Ninth Grade Student's Generalization Processes in Combinatorial Problem Solving Items With Connections to Mathematical Creativity
Joao Carvalho Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul Brazil Numerical Analysis
Director: Biswa Datta
State Estimation and Finite Element Model Updating for Vibrating Systems

2003

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Jill Shahverdian Quinnipiac University Algebra
Director: George Seelinger
The Geometry of Weak 2-Cocycles

2004

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Kari Fowler Univ. of Tampa Director: Linda Sons Normal Functions, the MacLane Class and Complex Differential Equations in the Unit Disc
Kevin Haertzen Univ. of Wisconsin Platteville Director: Hongyou Wu Geometric Aspects of Sturm-Lioville Problems

2005

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Wujian Peng South Georgia College Director: Biswa N. Datta On the Krylov Subspace Solutions of Matrix Equations in Control Theory
Lingju Kong Univ. of Tennessee at Chatanooga Director: QingKai Kong Non-Linear Boundary Problems of Ordinary Differential Equations
Geoffrey Apel Aurora University Director: Richard Blecksmith Quintuple Product Identities

2006

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Sanjoy Brahma Edward Wakers College, Florida Director: Biswa N. Datta Robust and Minimum Norm Partial Quadratic Eigenvalue Assignment Problems: Theory and Computations

2007

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Daniel Frobish Grand Valley State University Director: Nader Ebrahimi Estimation of Change Points in Recurrent Events Models
Robert Hein University of Wisconsin, Rock County Director: Harvey Blau P-Polynomial Table Algebras and Distance Regular Graphs
Jeffrey Kallenbach Siena Heights University Director: Bernard Harris Spectral Concentration in the Sturm-Liouville Differential Equation
Robert Cappetta College of DuPage Director: Alan Zollman Reflective Abstraction and the concept of limit: An experimental study to improve student performance in College Calculus by promoting Reflective Abstraction through Individual, Peer, Instructor and Curriculum Initiates
Cathy Poliak University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Director: Alan Polansky Observed Confidence Levels for Regression Parameters
Sourav Santra Bristol-Myers Squibb Co Director: Sudhir Gupta Some Contributions to Design and Analysis of Crossover Experiments

2008

Name First Position Research Dissertation Title
Todd Corley University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc Director: Harvey Blau Classification methods for primitive table algebras of dimension 4
Mihai Racovitan Grand Valley State University Director: Harvey Blau/Harald Ellers Generalizations for the blocks of the symmetric group and Makayama's conjecture
Jonathan Szaukellis Meshes Director: Linda Sons A class of functions in F whose integral is not in F
Vadim Sokolov Argonne National Lab Director: Biswa Nath Datta Quadratic Inverse Eigenvalue Problems: Theory, Methods and Applications.
Phillip Kisunzu CAMELA University of Arizona Director: Helen Khoury Teacher Instructional Practices, Student's Mathematical Dispositions and Mathematics Achievement


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