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Six Doctoral Degree Recipients At the 2017 Taubman College Commencement

Monday, May 1, 2017

Six Doctoral Degree Recipients At the 2017 Taubman College Commencement

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Taubman College's Annual Commencement Ceremony in Hill Auditorium, Dean Robert Fishman invited six doctoral degree recipients to the stage for a ceremonial hooding by the faculty members of their choosing: 

Architecture Ph.D Candidate Nuri Bae and Assistant Professor Lars Junghans. 
Junghans hooded Bae as Dean Fishman read the dissertation title, “Influence of Uncertainty in User Behaviors on the Simulation-Based Building Energy Optimization Process and Robust Decision-Making.” 

Architecture Ph.D Candidate Elizabeth Marie-Freha Keslacy and Associate Professor Amy Kulper.
Kulper hooded Keslacy as Dean Fishman read the dissertation title, “The Architecture of Design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (1896-1976).”

Architecture Ph.D Candidate Kush Upendra Patel and Professor Linda Groat.
Groat hooded Patel as Dean Fishman read the dissertation title, “Realizing Henri Lefebvre: Ideas of Social Space in Lucien Kroll’s La Mémé, Brussels 1969-1972 and Bernard Tschumi’s Parc de la Villette, Paris 1982-1987.” 

Architecture Ph.D Candidate Benjamin J. Smith and Associate Professor John McMorrough.
McMorrough hooded Smith as Dean Fishman read the dissertation title, “With and Without Walls: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and a New School of Los Angeles Architects in the 1970s and 1980s.” 

Urban Planning Ph.D Candidate Danielle Zoe Rivera, Distinguished Professor June Manning Thomas, and Assistant Professor Lesli Hoey.
Thomas and Hoey hooded Rivera as Fishman read the dissertation title, “Questioning as We Walk: Case Analysis of Community Organizing in Rio Grande Valley Colonias.” 

Urban Planning Ph.D Candidate Eric Seymour and Professor Margi Dewar.
Dewar hooded Seymour as Dean Fishman read the dissertation title, “Foreclosure, Federal Financial Institutions, and the Fortunes of Detroit’s Middle- and Working-Class Neighborhoods.” 

After the hooding ceremony, Dean Fishman presented the awards on behalf of the Architecture and Urban Planning Doctoral Programs.

The first award for the Doctoral Student Award in Architecture went to Lori Smithey.

Then the Distinguished Dissertation in Architecture Award was presented. This award, selected by the Architecture Doctoral Faculty for doctoral students whose dissertations contributes greatly to the field of architecture was presented to Elizabeth Keslacy and Benjamin Smith.

The Distinguished Dissertation Award in Urban Planning, selected by the Urban Planning Faculty for a doctoral student whose dissertation contributes greatly to the field of urban and regional planning, was presented to Eric Seymour.

For more about the dissertations of these students and others who received their degrees in 2017, please click here:
Architecture
Urban and Regional Planning