PhD Students on the Job Market

The iSchool at Syracuse University produces top-notch PhDs in Science and Technology.  iSchool doctoral graduates build on our 40 year history of impact and innovation. Each graduate embodies the iSchool’s distinguishing characteristics of interdisciplinarity, the roles of information, and the contributions of technologies. Graduates have developed skills in leading classes, participated in academic service, and pursued independent scholarship that is subject to review and approval by a committee of seven academics, including two from outside the faculty of the iSchool.

The following students are on the job market for the 2016-17 academic year and we encourage you to return often as this page is updated frequently.


Costa

Mark Costa
Ph.D.
221 Hinds Hall
mrcosta@syr.edu

I defended my dissertation in December 2015.

Advisor:  Jian Qin

Dane Dell

Dane Andre Dell
Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
dadell@syr.edu

I plan to defend my dissertation in fall 2016

Advisor:  Murali Venkatesh

Fatima Espinoza Vasquez

Fatima Espinoza-Vasquez
Ph.D.
fkespino@syr.edu 

I defended my dissertation in May 2016

Advisor:  Murali Venkatesh

Naybell Hernandez

Naybell Hernandez
Ph.D.
nhernand@syr.edu 

I defended my dissertation in December 2015.

Advisor:  Kevin Crowston

David James

David James
Ph.D.
dljame01@syr.edu 

 I defended my dissertation in May 2016.

Advisor:  Steve Sawyer

Adreas

Andreas Kuehn
Ph.D.
221 Hinds Hall
ankuhn@syr.edu

I defended my dissertation in March 2016.

Advisor:  Milton Mueller

Gabriel Mugar

Gabriel Mugar
Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall
gmugar@syr.edu 

I plan to defend my dissertation in Fall 2016

Advisor:  Carsten Osterlund

Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks

Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks
Ph.D.
221 Hinds Hall
auramnar@syr.edu

I completed my dissertation in September 2015 and graduated from the PhD program in December 2015. My dissertation explores fostering higher order learning skills through experiential learning by game design within the library space. My academic training is in the information science field.

This includes a Master of Library Science (2003) and a Master of Science in Information Management (2004) both from Syracuse University. My other studies were in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. Prior to entering the PhD program I worked as a librarian primarily involved in web development and management, development of digital collections and managing various aspects of library systems. I completed my dissertation in September 2015 and will be graduating from the PhD program in December 2015. My dissertation explores fostering higher order learning skills through experiential learning by game design within the library space. My academic training is in the information science field. This includes a Master of Library Science (2003) and a Master of Science in Information Management (2004) both from Syracuse University. My other studies were in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. Prior to entering the PhD program I worked as a librarian primarily involved in web development and management, development of digital collections and managing various aspects of library systems.

Research

My primary research interest lies within the domain of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) with a focus on digital youth. Much of my research revolves around the following themes: coding as a literacy, game design in experiential learning environments, exploration of learning theories in collaborative learning spaces, socio-technical approaches in learning environments; learner characteristics in distance learning, collaborative learning within the wireless grids sphere, role of libraries and librarians as learning facilitators in the networked world. One of my current goals is to link the explorations occurring in CSCL, with research and evolving practice models relating to libraries.

More recently, I have become very interested in the smart grid phenomenon. Exposure to this domain began with my graduate and postgraduate work with the smart grid research team at Syracuse University. However, my sustained interest was primarily catalyzed by the realization of its impact. From my view, smart grids can be considered as one of the biggest technological revolution happening within this decade. While this area does not fall within my primary research sphere, working in this arena has help me to become more nimble and adaptable as a researcher as well as offering me opportunities to hone my research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Teaching

Before joining the PhD program I taught as an adjunct instructor in courses related to digital libraries, data and content management, digital information retrieval, library systems and technologies. I maintained my teaching throughout the program. As a librarian I was mainly involved in the application of technologies to streamline operations. In my courses I draw upon my work experiences and bring real cases into the classroom. I am interested in teaching courses with a more technical spin; more specifically - database design and management, web development, web content management and research design for graduates.

Advisor:  Scott Nicholson

Jerry Robinson

Jerry Lamont Robinson
Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
jlrobi02@syr.edu 

 

Advisor:  Jenny Stromer-Galley

Vargas

Patricia Adriana Vargas Leon

Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
pavargas@syr.edu

I plan to defend my dissertation in AY 2016-2017

Advisor:  Jenny Stromer-Galley

You Zheng

You Zheng
Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall
yozheng@syr.edu 

I plan to defend my dissertation in AY 2016-2017

Advisor:  Jason Dedrick


Recently Placed PhD Students

Marsden

Janet Marsden
Advisor: Jeff Stanton & Jason Dedrick

Janet is currently part of a team working on a NSF-funded study called "Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network," which explores urban infrastructure and sustainability. Marsden's role is to provide data management for ten partner cities, and computational support for data analytics and visualization for researchers in eight working groups conducting multidisciplinary research on urban infrastructure resilience to extreme climate events.

Learn more about Janet >>

Willis

Matt Willis
Advisor: Jenny Stromer-Galley

Matt is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He is working on an interdisciplinary project that looks at the role of automation in general practice primary care services in the NHS. Specifically, Matt is responsible for a multi-methodological approach to understanding the work tasks that occur in the general practice setting and then working with a team at the Department of Engineering Science to model the probability of automating specific work tasks and how those tasks might be automated through machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

You can read more about the project here: http://healthautomation.oii.ox.ac.uk/

In addition to the health automation project Matt continues to grow as an academic through teaching and advising students at Oxford while advancing his own research agenda.

Jasy

Jasy Liew Suet Yan
Advisor: 
Elizabeth Liddy / Howard Turtle

Jasy returned to Malaysia where she is working as a Lecturer at the School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

 

You can learn more about Jasy here >>  http://www.cs.usm.my/index.php/jasyliew