Master of Engineering Theses Archive

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* Dual Degree Recipients

Spring 2020

Chemical Engineering

Kinetic Analysis of Chalcone Epoxidation in the Basic Ionic Liquid [Emim]OH
Aaron Chong ChE'20
Prof. Ruben Savizky, Advisor

Computing Free Energy Surfaces Using Support Vector Machines
Ryan Jaipersaud ChE'20
Prof. Robert Q. Topper, Advisor

Sun Eui Kim ChE'20

A Comprehensive Study in Ultrasonically Prepared Nanoemulsions: Formulation Development, Influence of Processing Parameters and Efficacy as Hydrophobic Drug Carriers
Schlomo Leibtag ChE'20
Prof. Ogbonnaya Charlies Okorafor, Advisor

Kinetic Analysis of Para-Substituted Chalcone Epoxidation in a Single-Phase System Aided by Ionic Liquids
Yao Wen Liu ChE'20
Prof. Ruben Savizky, Advisor

The Kinetics of Reverse Boudouard Gasification for use in a Potential Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Process
Derek Ni ChE'20
Prof. Amanda Simson, Advisor

Deciphering the Mechanisms of Adhesion by Segmented Filamentous Bacteria: Towards the Structure and Function of a Carbohydrate Binding Lipoprotein
Tushar Nichakawade ChE'20
Prof. Ruben Savizky, Advisor & Dr. Radmila Janjusevic, Advisor

Civil Engineering

The Analysis of Different Pile Types for Use in Marine Infrastructure
Ahmed Elkhouly CE'20
Prof. Vito Guido, Advisor

Load Determination of Linear Elastic Truss-Slab System
Jeahoung Hong* CE'20
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

The Effects of Saltwater upon Certain Mechanical Properties of Concrete
Conrad T. Kieras CE'20
Prof. Vito Guido, Advisor

Preliminary Evaluation of Aerodynamic Performance of Bridge Deck Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Yongnian Nie CE'20
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

Wind Simulation and Analysis of Supertall Balconies
Kareem Saber CE'20
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

Electrical Engineering

Collaborative Filtering Using a Variational Autoencoder: Exploring a Cyclical Annealing Schedule and Auxiliary Information Embedding Layer
Tyler Bell EE'20
Prof. Carl Sable, Advisor

Pancancer Analysis to Bridge the Gap between Metabolomics and Transcriptomics through Machine Learning
Junbum Kim EE'20
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor & Dr. Ed Reznik, Advisor

Towards the Exploration and Improvement of Generative Adversarial Attacks
Stephen Leone EE'20
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor

Large Scale Semantic Image Inpainting with Progressively Grown Gans
Kelvin Lin EE'20
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor & Dr. Ed Reznik, Advisor

PolarSK Adaptive Channel Estimation with Grassmannian Rank One Updates
Ben Sterling EE'20
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor

Saliency Estimation Using the Complementary Color Wavelet Transform
Karol Wadolowski EE'20
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor

Mechanical Engineering

Personalized Head-Related Transfer Function from Anthropometric Features Using Two Machine Learning Models: Approach and Subjective Validation
MingYang Lee ME'20
Prof. Melody Baglione, Advisor Prof. Martin Lawless, Advisor

Controlling Mechanical Systems with DQN and Differentiable Programming
Yingfu Ma ME'20
Prof. Dirk M. Luchtenburg, Advisor

Algorithm Development and Validation for Magnetic Stress Computation in Direct Stimulation of Multiphysics Flows with Magnetic Fluids
Jacob Maarek ME'20
Prof. Philip Yecko, Advisor & Dr. A. David Trubatch, Advisor

Active Noise Control Using an External Microphone Array for Path Estimation
Heui Young Park ME'20
Prof. Dirk M. Luchtenburg, Advisor & Prof. Martin Lawless, Advisor

Visualizing Physical Phenomena Using Swarming Nano Quadrotors
Justin Rooney ME'20
Prof. Dirk M. Luchtenburg, Advisor

Reduced-Order Models of Electrohydraulic Pulsed Discharge and Concrete Fracture
Dachi Tan ME'20
Prof. Dirk M. Luchtenburg, AdvisorProf. Philip Yecko, Advisor

Fall 2019

Civil Engineering

Developing Parametrized Objects to Automate Design and Advance the Use of BIM in the Waterfront Industry
Kayla Weg CE'19
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

Electrical Engineering

An Exploration of ENF Signal Detection
Jonathan Weinrib EE'19
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor

Mechanical Engineering

Analysis of the Cogeneration Impact on the Carbon Dioxide Emissions of an Urban Academic Campus
Sun Hwa Kwon ME'19
Prof. Melody Baglione, Advisor

Design of a Thermoelectric Generator using a Chimney Heat Exchanger
Ashish Pokharel ME'19
Prof. David Wootton, Advisor & Prof. Robert Dell, Advisor

Analysis of Laboratory Exhaust Fan System for Multifunctional Academic Building
Zhichun Sun Lee ME'19
Prof. Melody Baglione, Advisor Prof. Daniel Speyer, Advisor

SPRING 2019 

Chemical Engineering

Pyrolysis and C02 Gasification of Bio-Waste as a Pathway to Carbon Negative Electricity
Monica Abdallah ChE'19
Prof. Amanda Simson, Advisor

Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulations for Validation of Air Flow Studies in Fume Hoods and Operating Rooms
Robert Godkin ChE'19
Prof. Jennifer Weiser, Advisor

Rapidly "Aging" Whiskey using Ultrasonic Irradiation
Jean Lam ChE'19
Prof. Ruben Savizky, Advisor

Civil Engineering

Efficiency Assessment of Transit Oriented Development
Mengxue Gao* CE'19
Prof. Constantine Yapijakis, Advisor

Design and Analysis of Soilless Culture Hydroponic System
Chenhui Gu* CE'19
Prof. Constantine Yapijakis, Advisor

Determining Appropriate Conditioning Periods of the CMS-UHS Composite Spectrum for Nonlinear Response History Analyses
Andrew Keane CE'19
Prof. Neal Simon Kwong, Advisor

Foundation and Flood Protection Design in Flood Zones
Matthew Seinuk CE'19
Prof. Vito Guido, Advisor

Wet and Dry Thermal Surveys and Temporal and Spatial Thermal Surveys on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Green Roof
Stephen Tang CE'19
Prof. Joseph Cataldo, Advisor

Performance-Based Engineering and the Building Code
Catherine Wolfe CE'19
Prof. Neal Simon Kwong, Advisor

Electrical Engineering

Improving Transients of a Buck Converter with a Hybrid Voltage Mode Control Scheme
Jialun Bao EE'19
Prof. Neveen Shlayan, Advisor

Leveraging Pattern Recognition of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks to Solve Sudoku, an NP-Complete Problem
Ross Kaplan EE'19
Prof. Carl Sable, Advisor

Temporal Relation Extraction with Successively Dilated Convolutional Neural Networks
Jason Katz EE'19
Prof. Carl Sable, Advisor

Automatic Artifact Annotator for EEG Waves Using Recurrent and Convolutional Neural Networks
DongKyu Kim* EE'19
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor

Developing Protocol-Agnostic Jammers using Reinforcement Learning
Thomas Koch EE'19
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor

Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Prediction of Low Back Pain Using a Multi-Segment Spine Model
Zirui Qiu EE'19
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor & Prof. Ian J. Kremenic, Advisor

Mechanical Engineering

Design Modifications and Characterization of the Cooper Parabolic Trough Solar Collector Test Stand
Carlos Marrero Cruz ME'19
Prof. George Sidebotham, Advisor & Prof. Robert Dell, Advisor

Thermoelectric Generation System for Powering a Geolocation-Based Remote Fire Alarm
Mamdouh Hassan Eldaly ME'19
Prof. Stan Wei, Advisor & Prof. Robert Dell, Advisor

One-Dimensional Analysis and Prediction Program for Hypersonic Airbreathing Engine Flowpaths
William Henderson ME'19
Prof. George Sidebotham, Advisor, Industrial Advisory Board & Dr. Robert Bakos and Dr. Dean Modroukas, Advisors

Using Makerspace to Drive Project Based Learning in a High School Summer STEM Program
Austin Wong ME'19
Prof. George Delagrammatikas, Advisor & Dr. Elizabeth Waters, Advisor

FALL 2018

Chemical Engineering

Investigation of Oceanic Microfiber Pollution and Development of Inexpensive Filtration Units to Reduce that which Originates from Residential and Commercial Washing Machines
Ryan Smith ChE'18
Prof. Ruben Savizky, Advisor

Civil Engineering

A Study of Lateral Torsional Buckling of Steel Girders and Guidelines Used to Determine Stability During Erection
Tina Elias CE'18
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Municipal Wastewater in India
Avni Patel CE'18
Prof. Constantine Yapijakis, Advisor

Weight-Optimized Layout Design of Steel Frames
Zachary J. Chang CE'18
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis, Advisor

Electrical Engineering

A Reinforcement Learning Algorithm for Balancing Multiple Objectives
Eli Friedman EE'18
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor

Feature Extraction and Detection of Localized Muscular Fatigue Using Surface EMG
Eli Soffer EE'18
Prof. Fred Fontaine, Advisor
Prof. Ian Kremenic, Advisor

Autoencoding Neural Networks as Musical Audio Synthesizers
Joseph T. Colonel EE'18
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor

Mechanical Engineering

Gesture Control of a Robotic Arm Using a Microsoft Kinect
Anthony Adal ME'18
Prof. Stan Wei, Advisor

The Development of Novel Numerical and Experimental Models for Ferrofluid Control in Magnetic Drug Targeting
Vincent M. Bianco ME'18
Prof. Philip Yecko, Advisor


Chemical Engineering
Ashmera Aliya Mohamed ChE'18
Jamie Chan ChE'18
Chae Woon Jeong ChE'18
Kenneth O'Neill ChE'18
Civil Engineering
WooJong Kim CE'18 *
Sivan Shemesh CE'18
Miles Barber CE'18 *
Karmen Chong CE'18
Kohinoor Mahi CE'18
Tobias Stein CE'18 *
Max Bernard Summers CE'18
Kanjin Zou CE'18

Electrical Engineering

Sahil S. Patel EE'18 *
Avi Gadish EE'18
Abhinav Jain EE'18 *
Henry Kasen EE'18
Frank Longueira EE'18
Cory Nezin EE'18 *
Yash Sharma EE'18 *
Matthew Smarsch EE'18
Prof. Sam Keene, Advisor
Radhakrishan Thiyagarajan EE'18 *
Miraj Patel EE'18
Mechanical Engineering
Donggyoon Hong ME'18
Alex Dworzanczyk ME'18
Prof. Jeffrey S. West, Advisor

FALL 2017

Civil Engineering

Piotr P. Michalik CE'17
Emily J. George CE'17

Electrical Engineering

Hetian Wu EE'17

Mechanical Engineering

Development of a Bluetooth Enabled Wearable Device for Home Automation

Stanley George ME'17


Chemical Engineering

Jiwoon Park ChE'17 *

Civil Engineering

Rahul Saggar CE'17
Rose Carla Guerrier CE'17

Electrical Engineering

Noah Santacruz EE'17

Mechanical Engineering

Neil Muir ME'17

FALL 2016

Civil Engineering

Yoonho Kim CE'16

Electrical Engineering

Christopher Curro EE'16
Daniel Gitzel EE'16
David Li EE'16
Ethan Lusterman EE'16
Hillel Weintraub EE'16
Nicolas Avrutin EE'16

Mechanical Engineering

Eric Ringold ME'16
Jonathan Zorko ME'16
Yudi Guo ME'16


Chemical Engineering

Eileen V. Rooney ChE'16
Prof. Irving Brazinsky, Advisor. Prof. Gregory Loibl, Advisor
Dorina Aliu ChE'16
Jong Hyun Park ChE’16
Jung Kwan Park ChE'16

Civil Engineering

Ostap Gladoun CE'16
Adrian Delacruz CE'16
Michael Hirschberger CE'16
Francesco Caroli CE'16
Yara Yasser Elborolosy CE'16
Chun Yi Wu CE'16

Electrical Engineering

Daniel D. Zegel EE'16
Michael Ahn EE’16
Elliot D. Rappaport EE'16
Sheryan Resutov EE'16 *
Jason Tam EE'16
Elie Weintraub EE'16
Harrison Zhao EE'16 *
Paul Miller EE'16

Mechanical Engineering

Michael J. Pimpinella ME'16
Woojae Kim ME’16

FALL 2015

Electrical Engineering

Kevin Nguyen EE’15
Julia Astrauckas EE’15
David Rubinstein EE’15

Mechanical Engineering

Olga Shishkov ME’15


Chemical Engineering

Ron Vogel ChE’15
Chrystina Montuori Sorrentino ChE’15
Prof. Irving Brazinsky, Advisor. Prof. Michael Gutierrez, Advisor
Udochukwu Okorafor ChE’15
Nicholas Rendina ChE’15 *
Prof. Irving Brazinsky, Advisor. Prof. Greg Loibl, Advisor
Vlad Ciocoi ChE’15 *

Civil Engineering

Anthony Sanfilippo CE’15
Daniel J. Molinaro CE’15
Kevin Lee CE’15
Jozef Karol Syta CE’15
Nanwei Chen CE’15
Ilan Griboff CE’15
Alyki Malliaros CE’15
John L. Alvizuri CE’15

Electrical Engineering

David Katz EE’15 *
Caleb Leibowitz EE’15 *

Mechanical Engineering

William Foley ME’15
Mitchell Cayman Cady ME’15
Nicholas Mitchell ME’15 *

FALL 2014

Chemical Engineering

Michael D’Ambrose ChE’14

Electrical Engineering

Ariel Habshush EE’14
Abrar Rahman EE’14

Mechanical Engineering

Rushi Vaidya ME’14
Joshua Warren ME’14


Chemical Engineering

Edwin DeLeon ChE’14
Sergey Kolchinsky ChE’14
Prof. Irv Brazinsky, Advisor. Prof. Michael Gutierrez, Advisor
Andrew Baik ChE’14
Joshua Mayourian ChE’14 *
Norris Nakagaki ChE’14
Jane Kim ChE’14

Civil Engineering

Alexander F. Erb CE’14
Sara Rose Nodroff CE’14
Annick Pellus CE’14
Connor R. Janover CE’14 *

Electrical Engineering

Christopher Sang EE’14
Derek Toub EE’14
Christopher Hong EE’14
Andrew Apollonsky EE’14 *

Mechanical Engineering

Sriya Adhya ME’14
Anthony Edward Morris ME’14
Medwin Chang ME’14
John Roosevelt Hawk IV ME’14
Jonathan O. Rodriguez ME’14


Chemical Engineering

James Hun Lee ChE’13
Aeree Lee ChE’13
Daren Kwok ChE’13
Heejae Huh ChE’13
Jung Hyun Choi ChE’13

Civil Engineering

Anitha Reddy CE’13
Jacob Presky CE’13
Feliks Leybovich CE’13
Vikki Hon CE’13
Jack Greenberg CE’13
Charles Canepa CE’13

Electrical Engineering

Keun Young Park EE’13
Alexander Levedahl EE’13
Seung Hun Kang EE’13
Samantha G. Massengill EE’13
Howard Yee EE’13
Daniel Reichman EE’13

Mechanical Engineering

Ramy Swaindan ME’13
Norbert Markowicz ME’13

FALL 2012

Chemical Engineering

Tanu Chauhan ChE'12
Prof. Irving Brazinsky, Advisor. Prof. Mike Gutierrez, Advisor
Antonio Jha ChE'12
Robert Spartaro ChE'12

Civil Engineering

Jessica Galbo CE'12
Kristian Berardi CE'12
Allan Ho CE'12
Gregory Hsu CE'12
Michael Sterman CE'12
Eric Paulson CE'12
Jeremy Moon CE'12
Jason Damiano CE'12
Lin Lee CE'12
Min Kyoung Park CE'12
Subashis Paul CE'12

Electrical Engineering

Mike Gazes EE'12
Ari Finkel EE'12
George Todorov EE'12

Mechanical Engineering

Robert Lesniewski ME'12
Seyoon Kim ME'12
Wei Dai ME'12
Prof. George Sidebotham, Advisor. Prof. Michael Gutierrez, Advisor
David Byungin Hahm ME'12
Andrew Fodor ME'12
Alexander Bronfman ME'12
John Zaborskis ME'12


Chemical Engineering

Christopher Loo ChE'11
Michale Cerro ChE'11
Brielle Eisen ChE'11
Chonghag Kim ChE'11

Civil Engineering

Talal A. Saad CE'11
Judy Luo CE'11
Kate W. Johnson CE'11
Jessica Debellis CE'11
Michael Thomas McMaster CE'11
Steven Rosen CE'11
Michael Pimentel CE'11
Pedram Khoshakhlagh CE'11
Wo Chen CE'11
Jeffrey Tan CE'11
Richard Chan CE'11
Kelly Pauline Smolar CE'11
Anthony M. Manganiello CE'11
Rene N. Makrinos CE'11
Timur Kolchinskiy CE'11
Lukman Kolawole Osi CE'11
Sung Jin Kim CE'11

Electrical Engineering

Akshay Anantadmanabhan EE' 11
Prof. Kausik Chatterjee, Advisor
Joshua Blachman EE'11
A New Green's Function Monte Carlo Algorithm for the Two-Dimensional Wave Equation
Arthur Liaw EE'11
Prof. Kausik Chatterjee, Advisor
Sherry W. Young EE'11
Prof. Kausik Chatterjee, Advisor
Kwame-Lante Wright EE'11
Kenneth Lam EE'11
Eugene Belilovsky EE'11
Brian W. Cheung EE'11
David B. Nummey, Jr. EE'11
Deian Stefan EE'11
Jonathan S. Kupferstein EE'11

Mechanical Engineering

Development of a Gasoline Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) Engine Test Stand
Dennis Robertson ME'11
Prof. George Delagrammatikas, Advisor

Development and Design of an Experiment Test Stand for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrains
Craig Ginsberg ME'11
Prof. George Delagrammatikas, Advisor

Development and Validation of a Physical Deforming Model of Adult Upper Airway
Jonathan Sterman ME'11
Prof. David Wootton, Advisor

The Integration of the Cooper Cooler Process Into a Freezer Door
Thomas W. Crimmins ME'11
Prof. George Sidebotham, Advisor

Pneumatic Process Modeling and Experimentation for Model-Based Control
Brian E. Tovar ME'11
Prof. Melody Baglione, Advisor

Developing an Extensible and Concise Simulink Toolset for Hybrid Vehicle Modeling and Simulations
Burak Kanber ME'11
Prof. Melody Baglione, Advisor

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