Best Dissertation Symposium

Director of Doctoral Programs, Jennifer Gerson, Trevor Krasowsky, Yuankun Xue, Chenfei Shen, Qi (Rose) Yu, William F. Ballhaus, Jr., Executive Vice Dean Gaurav S. Sukhatme at the 2018 Best Dissertation Symposium

Each year, the Viterbi School of Engineering’s academic departments awards Ph.D. candidates who submitted exceptional research dissertations the honor of Best Dissertation. Each Ph.D. student who receives the Best Dissertation award is also nominated to compete for the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research. A faculty committee reviews the dissertations and narrowed down the nominees to four finalists. The 2018 finalists presented their research at the Best Dissertation Symposium on April 19, 2018. From these nominees, a final winner has been selected and will be announced at the Viterbi School of Engineering Ph.D. Hooding and Awards Ceremony on May 10, 2018.

The finalists for the 2018 William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research are:

Trevor Krasowsky
Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Chair: Dr. George Ban-Weiss
Dissertation Title: Characterization of Black Carbon: From Source to Evolution of Physical and Optical Properties in the Atmosphere

Chenfei Shen 
Materials Science
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Chongwu Zhou
Dissertation Title: Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Devices and Electronic/Optoelectronic Devices

Yuankun Xue
Electrical Engineering-Computer Engineering
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Paul Bogdan
Dissertation Title: Theoretical and Computational Foundations for Cyber-Physical Systems Design

Qi (Rose) Yu
Computer Science
Dissertation Chair: Drs. Yan Liu and Cyrus Shahabi
Dissertation Title: Tensor Learning for Large-Scale Spatiotemporal Analysis