Graduate Blog

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November 4, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Amir Hossein Kohanpur
Improving Capabilities of Pore-Scale Modeling of Multiphase Flow for Geological Storage of CO2
Advisor: Professor Albert Valocchi
Date: Friday November 13th, 10 am
Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 821 9785 0227 Password: wres


November 2, 2020

Dear Student,

You are invited to participate in a National Science Foundation study (#1763288) on engineering and educational experiences related to equity and inclusion. Your responses will provide empirical evidence to help improve engineering graduate education practices, policies, and program structures. The survey is confidential, easily available online, and will only take about 15-20 minutes for you to complete. If you complete the survey, you can register to be randomly selected to receive a $20 electronic gift card. 120 participants who complete the survey will be randomly selected to receive the $20 electronic gift card.


Complete a 15-minute online survey


In the long run, you can help to boost performance and improve the retention of engineering graduate students by including your responses in the study.

To complete the survey you should open an anonymous browser to further protect your privacy such as ‘in-private’ or ‘incognito’, and then please click this link or copy/paste the URL provided:

This study is being conducted jointly at North Carolina State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at NCSU (IRB #12545) and UNR (IRB TBD). If you have any questions, please contact the study PIs Mary Wyer ( or Adam Kirn (

Best Wishes,

Mary Wyer, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head
Director of Graduate Programs
Department of Psychology
NC State University

Adam Kirn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Education
PRiDE Research Group, Lead Investigator
University of Nevada, Reno

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

November 2, 2020

December convocation ceremonies will not take place in person this fall. The Graduate College will hold a virtual celebration of doctoral graduates on Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. Graduates will be invited to participate in future in-person events.

October 30, 2020

Register for the Virtual Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference 

Saturday, February 13, 2021. Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at Illinois for the annual Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference. STEM leaders in academia and industry alike will share their insights on pursuing diverse career paths beginning with a graduate degree. This year's conference is virtual, but will still include panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience. Come fuel your inspiration to excel in your field, motivation to complete your graduate degree, and passion for making an impact on the world. 

Registration is filling up quickly and will close on November 18th, 2020, or when we reach capacity, so register today to secure your spot! Attendees this year will receive all conference swag (t-shirts, gift cards, etc.) prior to the conference. Please contact Zeynep Ayla ( with any questions. Learn more and register at: 



October 28, 2020

Ph.D. Final Defense – Alessandro Contento
Modeling of Hurricane-Storm Surge Occurrences and Analysis of their Financial
Advisor: Professor Paolo Gardoni
Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 10:00 am
Location: Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 8818 6639
Password: 831949