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Dubey, Pooja

Role: advisor at Georgia Tech.
Student started in Fall 2020, supported by a grant of “La Région Grand-Est” in France.
Progress: Passed Qualifying exams in Fall 2021.

Maddheshiya, Ajit Kumar

Role: co-advisor at the University of Allahabad.
Ajit Kumar Maddheshiya studies under the co-guidance of professors Phool Singh Yadav and Raja Ram Yadav of the Department of Physics at the University of Allahabad, India.

Silitonga, Dicky

Role: advisor at Georgia Tech.
Student started in Fall 2019, supported by a grant of “La Région Grand-Est” in France.
Progress: Passed qualifying exams in Fall 2020.

Ouabi, Othmane

Role: co-advisor at The University of Lorraine (premises of the International Research Laboratory 2958 Georgia Tech – CNRS) with Cedric Pradalier (Robotics and Signal Processing) and Matthieu Geist (idem). Supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 871260, Europe.
Student started in Spring 2020. PhD defence October 10, 2022. Jury members: Nico F. Declercq (president, examinator and co-advisor), Cedric Pradalier (co-advisor), Matthieu Geist (co-advisor), Teresa Vidal Calleja (rapporteur), Philippe Lasaygues (rapporteur), Carol Martinez Luna (examinateur), Neil Zeghidour (invited), Henri Walaszek (invited).

Miqoi, Nada

Role: co-advisor with Fodil Meraghni at Arts Et Métiers ParisTech, ENSAM, Metz, France.
Advised since: Summer 2018.
Date of graduation: November 25, 2021
Title of thesis: Operando detection and quantification of damage in the automotive components made of polyamide based composite reinforced with continuous fibers submitted to the fatigue-pre and/or post-impact by advanced ultrasonic techniques.
PhD Jury: David S. Citrin (Prof., Georgia Tech, rapporteur), Mostapha Tarfaoui (Prof., ENSTA Bretagne, rapporteur), Lynda Chehami (Examinateur, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut Cambrésis), Badreddine Assouar (Université de Lorraine, examinateur), Fodil Meraghni (Prof, Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies, examinateur and co-advisor), Nico F. Declercq (Prof., Georgia Tech, examinateur and co-advisor), Stephane Delalande (Stellantis, examinateur), Pascal Pomarede (Georgia Tech Lorraine and Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies, examinateur).

Pomarede, Pascal

Role: co-advisor with Fodil Meraghni at Arts Et Métiers ParisTech, ENSAM, Metz, France.
Advised since: Fall 2014, contract “Open Lab of Peugeot PSA”
Date of graduation: May 18, 2018
Title of thesis: Damage detection in PA 66/6|Glass woven fabric composite material using ultrasonic techniques towards durability prediction of automotive parts.
PhD Jury: Fodil Meraghni (Prof, Examinateur, advisor at Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Metz), Nico F. Declercq (Prof, Examinateur, advisor at Georgia Tech Lorraine), Ahmad Osman (Prof, rapporteur, Hochschule für Tecnik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken), Christ Glorieux (Prof, rapporteur, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique), Nathalie Godin (Examinateur, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, Villeurbanne), Lynda Chehami (Examinateur, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut Cambrésis), Stéphane Delalande (Examinateur, PSA Groupe Centre Technique Vélizy, Villacoublay).

Shaw, Anurupa

Role 1: Advisor at Georgia Tech
Role 2: voluntary co-advisor with Vincent Laude and Damien Teyssieux at doctoral school of FEMTO-ST CNRS UMR 6174 at Besancon, France, SPIM - Sciences Physiques pour l'Ingénieur et Microtechniques.
Advised since: 2014
Date of graduation: December 14, 2017
Title of thesis: Production d'impulsions acoustiques brèves à la surface d'un matériau piézoélectrique (French: La génération d'impulsions courtes d'ondes acoustiques de surface sur un matériau piézo-électrique)
PhD Jury: Vincent Laude (Directeur de these), Bernard Bonello (Rapporteur), Omar Elmazria (Rapporteur), Andreas Mayer (Examinateur), Franck Chollet (Examinateur), Damien Teyssieux (C-Directeur de these), Nico Declercq (Examinateur).
Publications: (mostly the result of her time as MS/PhD student at Georgia Tech before moving to FEMTO-ST): B1(66, 70), C1a(14), C1c(50), C1d(46, 47, 50), D3(27).
Current position: She became a Postdoc at INSA Lyon in France, then a Lead Sensor Design Engineer in Australia and is now a Research Engineer at KellyOCG in France

Dong, Junliang

Role 1: PhD advisor in Mechanical Engineering
Role 2: co-advisor in Electrical Engineering with David Citrin and Alexandre Locquet, Georgia Tech, mainly on the Ultrasonics sections and the Nondestructive Evaluation aspects of his work.
Advised since: 2013
Date of graduation: July, 2017
Title of thesis: Terahertz Imaging for Nondestructive Evaluation and Material Characterization.
PhD Jury: David S. Citrin (Prof., Georgia Tech, ECE), Waymond R. Scott (Prof., Georgia Tech, ECE), Paul Voss (Prof., Georgia Tech, ECE), Justin Romberg (Prof., Georgia Tech, ECE), Nico F. Declercq (Prof., Georgia Tech, ME), Alexandre Locquet (Prof., Georgia Tech, ECE).
Current Position: Researcher at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montreal, Canada.

Comment: Junliang Dong was Declercq's PhD student in Mechanical Engineering with a PhD position offered on March 19, 2013. Out of solidarity with the THz team and to ignite better collaboration with that team as desired by the French CNRS, Declercq agreed to transfer the student to the THz team in Electrical Engineering, including the research grant covering half of the expenses. While a THz investigator, Junliang Dong remained in close contact with general and specific advice and remained in excellent accordance with Declercq's team. As co-advisor, Declercq had a significant impact on the thesis's nondestructive evaluation topic and this student's general success during and after his PhD. On the other hand, the experience with THz also enriched the ultrasonics lab.

Liu, Jingfei

Role: advisor at Mechanical Engineering at University of Lorraine.
Advised since: Fall 2009.
Date of graduation: Dec 3, 2013
Title of thesis: L’interaction des ultrasons avec des structures periodiques et des structures composites » (English : The interaction of ultrasonic waves with periodical structures and with composites). PhD Jury : Nico Declercq (Georgia Tech), Marc Deschamps (Univ. Bordeaux 1), Bertrand Dubus (ISEN, Lille), Vincent Laude (Univ de Besancon – Femto-ST), Fodil Meraghni (ENSAM), Abdallah Ougazzaden (Georgia Tech), Jean-Paul Salvestrini (Univ. Lorraine, Metz, Suk Wang Yoon (SungKyunKwan Univ., Republic of Korea).
Current position: He became a postdoc at UC Davis and is now a Tenure track Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, USA

McKeon, Peter

Role : advisor at Georgia Tech with industrial partner Slah Yaacoubi co-advisor
Advised since: Fall 2010.
Date of graduation: Sept 29, 2014
Title of thesis: A findamental study to enable ultrasonic structural health monitoring of a thick-walled composite over-wrapped pressure vessel. PhD committee : Nico F. Declercq (ME, advisor and chair), Slah Yaacoubi (co-advisor, industrial partner), Yves Berthelot (ME), Laurence J. Jacobs (CEE), Jennifer E. Michaels (ECE), Laurent Capolungo (ME).
Awards: Best student paper award at ICA2013 (see III.A National and International Awards Awards)
Current position: He became a Postdoc at GT-Lorraine and is now a faculty at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA

Moiseyenko, Rayisa

Role: co-advisor with Vincent Laude at doctoral school of FEMTO-ST CNRS UMR 6174 at Besancon, France.
Advised since: 2009
Date of graduation: Nov 29, 2012 (Grade de docteur de l’université de Franche-Comté, spécialité Sciences pour l, ingénieur.)
Title of thesis: Diffraction in phononic crystals, PhD Reading Committee: B. Bonello (rapporteur), V. J. Sanchez Morcillo (rapporteur), F. Cherioux (examinateur), N. F. Declercq (Examinateur and advisor), V. Gusev (examinateur), V. Laude (examinateur and advisor), V. Plessky (examinateur).
Award: first prize ADOC contest June 14, 2012 (see III.A International or National Awards)
Current position: She was first a Postdoc at Technical University of Denmark, and is now a System Developer at IHFood A/S, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

Hall, James

2009 James Hall, visiting PhD student of Jennifer Michaels.

Bach, Jason

Role: co-advisor while at GT Lorraine (Fall 2007, Spring 2009) with D. Ku at Georgia Tech.
Advised since: Fall 2007
Date of graduation: 2011 (student had continued in bio-mechanics after a preparation in ultrasonics and passed his PhD at Georgia Tech, ME (Bio-Eng)

Herbison, Sarah

Role : advisor at Georgia Tech
Advised since: Spring 2007
Date of graduation: June 23, 2011
Title of thesis: Ultrasonic Diffraction effects on Periodic Surfaces, PhD Reading Committee: N. Declercq, Y. Berthelot, K. Sabra, M. Ruzzene, A. Ougazzaden
Current position: Asset and Risk Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

Janssen, Els

Role 1: advisor 2005-2006 at Ghent University, while postdoc at faculty of engineering sciences)
Role 2: co-advisor with K Van den Abeele 2007-2011 at Catholic University of Leuven, Physics Department
Advised since: 2005
Date of graduation: November 17, 2011
Title of thesis: Dutch Title “Akoestische en Ultrasone Beeldvorming van microschade gebruik makend van technieken gebaseerd op tijdsomkering (TR) en niet-lineaire elastische golfspectroscopie (NEWS)” (English: Acoustic and Ultrasonic imaging of microdamage applying techniques based on time-reversal (TR) and non-linear elastic wave spectroscopy (NEWS)). PhD Reading Committee: N. F. Declercq, H. De Gersem, L. De Lathauwer, C. Glorieux, O. Bou Matar, M. Scalerandi, K. Van Den Abeele
Current position: project manager at FAGG (Federal Agency for Pharmaceutical Products), Brussels, Belgium.

Lamkanfi, Ebrahim

Role : voluntary co-advisor (50% of thesis) with J. Degriek and W. Vanpapegem at Ghent University.
Advised since: Fall 2006
Date of graduation: April 13, 2010
Title of thesis: Dutch title: “Ontwikkeling van eindige‐elementenmethoden voor de vormoptimalisatie van biaxiaal belaste kruisvormige proefstukken in composiet en voor ultrasone inspectie van materialen” (English: Development of finite element methods for shape optimization of biaxially loaded cruciform composite samples and for ultrasonic inspection of materials)
Current position: self-employed