Department Produces 150th Ph.D. Graduate

Posted On September 21, 2020
Categories Student News

Seven students graduated from the Department of Computer Science Ph.D. program this August, bringing the total number of Ph.D. graduates from the department to 154. The first two graduates earned the Ph.D. in December 2004. From there it took twelve years to reach 100 graduates but only four more years to reach 150.

Professor Rafal Angryk has the distinction of having advised two of the August graduates plus the department’s only May Ph.D. graduate. All three have been hired by Tier 1 universities that fall into the “R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity” category, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

  • Dr. Soukaina Filali Boubrahimi finished her dissertation, “Time Series Mining: Shapelet Discovery, Ensembling, and Applications,” this summer. She has accepted a position at Utah State University as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.
  • Dr. Shah Muhammad Hamdi defended his dissertation, “Learning Interpretable Features of Graphs and Time Series Data,” this summer. He has been hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Computer Science Department of New Mexico State University at the main campus in Las Cruces.
  • Dr. Ruizhe Ma completed her dissertation, “Clustering of Time Series Data: Measures, Methods, and Applications,” in the spring. She has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The remaining graduates have found positions in research or higher education or are currently exploring job possibilities.

  • Dr. Sunitha Basodi wrote her dissertation, “Advances in Deep Learning Through Gradient Amplification and Applications,” under the advisement of Regents Professor Yi Pan. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS), a collaboration among Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and Emory.
  • Dr. Heta Desai defended her dissertation, “Biomedical Data Classification with Improvised Deep Learning Architectures,” at the end of her 37th week of pregnancy. She finished writing the dissertation just six days after giving birth. Her advisor was professor Raj Sunderraman. She is currently in initial rounds of interviews for a job as a data scientist and is enjoying being the mother of a two-month-old baby girl.
  • Dr. A.K.M. Kamrul Islam wrote his dissertation, “Deep Functional Mapping for Predicting Cancer Outcome,” under the advisement of associate professor Saeid Belkasim.
  • Dr. Anuja Parameshwaran completed her dissertation, “Deep Architectures for Visual Recognition and Description,” under the direction of associate professor Michael Weeks.
  • Dr. Madhuri Siddula wrote her dissertation, “Privacy Preserving User Data Publication in Social Networks,” under the advisement of professor Yingshu Li. She has joined North Carolina A&T State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Story by Ashlie Swanson