Theses and Dissertations

Master Theses

  • Prado, G., "Wireless Low Power Data Acquisition Module for Railcar Condition Monitoring Applications," Master's Thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in progress, expected date of completion: December 2019.
  • Villareal, A., “Microstructural Influences on the Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanofiber Thermoplastic Polyurethane Composites," Master's Thesis, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in progress, expected date of completion: August 2019.
  • De Los Santos, N., “Development of Prognostic Techniques for Surface Defect Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements,” Master’s Thesis, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in progress, expected date of completion: May 2019.
  • Montalvo, J., "Defect Detection Algorithm Optimization for Use in Freight Railcar Service," Master's Thesis, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in progress, expected date of completion: May 2019.
  • Murru, P. T., “Study of Damage in Concrete Based on Microscopic Changes in Density,” Master’s Thesis, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, May 2019.
  • Aranda, J., “Radiative Heat Transfer Analysis of Railroad Bearings for Wayside Thermal Detector Optimization,” Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, December 2018.
  • Iranitalab, A., “Statistical Investigation of Road and Railway Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety,” Master's Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2018.
  • Araujo J. E., "Radiative Heat Transfer Analysis of Railroad Bearings for Wayside Thermal Detector Optimization," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in progress, expected date of completion: August 2018.
  • Rodriguez, O., “The Effect of Heat Generation in the Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element on the Thermal Behavior of Railroad Bearing Assembly,” Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, May 2018.
  • Khan, W. “Injury Severity of Truck Drivers in Crashes at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings,” Master's Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2017.
  • Perales, G., “An Empirical Analysis on Longitudinal and Lateral Tire-Pavement Friction,” Master's Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, August 2017.
  • Renteria, D., "Discrete Element Analysis of SCB Variability – Asphalt Mixtures," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, May 2017.
  • Brown, C., “Fatigue and Wear of Steel Eye Bars from Historic Railroad Truss Bridges,” Master’s Thesis, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, January 2017.
  • Blackwell, D., "Multivariate Calibration of a Load Sensor for Dynamic and Static Freight Railcar Applications," Master's Thesis, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, December 2016.
  • Posluszny, R., "Application of AFRP Bars in Concrete Railroad Ties," Master's Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 2016.
  • Appavuravther, E. T., “Stability of a Four Story Steel Frame Building Under Seismic Loading,” Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 2016. 
  • Smith, S., “Estimating Load Distributions for Retaining Structures Subjected to Railroad Live Loads,” Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 2016.
  • Rachal, L., "Determination of Bent Cap and Stringer Deflections for Timber Railway Brides Under Live Load," Master's Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2015.
  • Martinez, T., "Modeling the Residual Useful Life of Bearing Grease," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, December 2015. [Link to PDF (1.6 MB)]
  • Gonzalez, A., "Development, Optimization, and Implementation of a Vibration Based Defect Detection Algorithm for Railroad Bearings," Master's Thesis, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, August 2015.
  • Diedrich, T., "Onboard Load Sensor Prototype for Use in Freight Railcar Service," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, August 2015.
  • Williams, N. D., “Nondestructive Testing of Rail Tunnel Linings,” Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2014. [Link to PDF (30.3 MB)]
  • Hurley, S. J., “Development of a Longitudinal Rail Stress Measurement Device,” Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2014. [Link to PDF (4.5 MB)]
  • Estrada, R., “Applications of Magnetostrictive Materials in the Real-Time Monitoring of Vehicle Suspension Components," Master's Thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, December 2014. [Link to PDF (24.6 MB)]
  • Basaldua, D. T., “Effects of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofibers on Electrical and Mechanical Properties of a Thermoplastic Elastomer," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, December 2014. [Link to PDF (6 MB)]

Doctoral Dissertations

  • Zhou, J., “Effects of Moving Bottlenecks on Traffic Operations on Four-Lane Level Freeway Segments,” Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2018.
  • Zhao, L., “Safety Modeling of Highway-Rail Grade Crossings Using Intelligent Transportation System Data,” Doctoral Dissertation , Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2017.
  • Tafti, S. R., “High Speed Train Geotechnics: Numerical and Experimental Simulation of Some Embankment Problems,” Doctoral Dissertation, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2017.
  • Allard, A. J., “Vehicle Bourne Autonomous Railroad Bridge Impairment Detection Systems,” Doctoral Dissertation, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, May 2017.
  • Kiani, M., “Multi-Scale Fatigue Damage Life Assessment of a Railway Wheel Using a Critical-Plane Model,” Doctoral Dissertation, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2016.
  • Zhao, S., "An investigation of Motor Vehicle Driver Inattention and its Effect at Highway-Rail Grade Crossing," Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2016.
  • Mohammadrajabi, M., “Live Load Effects of Railroads on Retaining Walls and Temporary Shoring,” Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 2016.
  • Chen, Y., "Network Traffic Optimization in Heavily Utilized Railway Corridors," Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2015.