Students

Graduate Students

I am looking to work with highly motivated and dedicated Ph.D. and M.S. students. All students are expected to be self-motivated, hard-working, and creative team-players who are dedicated to quality research and willing to publish in leading conferences and prestigious journals. Preferences will be given to students who have a good background or interest in social network analysis, data mining, and those who have taken or are currently taking my courses. Interested students are encouraged to contact me via email. To help me in knowing your background, please send me the following items with your email:

  1. A resume
  2. A copy of your graduate/undergraduate transcript (electronic copy is acceptable)
  3. Two representative publications (if you have)

Current Students

  1. Ashequl Huq (Ph.D., Fall 2015)
  2. Carmen Robinson (Ph.D., Fall 2016)
  3. Patrick Birmingham (Ph.D., Spring 2017)
  4. Katrin Galeano (Ph.D., Spring 2018)
  5. Rick Galeano (Ph.D., Spring 2018)
  6. Mustafa Alassad (Ph.D., Spring 2018)
  7. Thomas Marcoux (PhD, Fall 2018)
  8. Hayder Al Rubaye (Ph.D., Fall 2019)
  9. Julie Weckerlein (Ph.D., Fall 2019)
  10. Baris Kirdemir (Ph.D., Fall, 2019)
  11. Recep Erol (PhD, Fall 2019)
  12. Mainuddin Shaik (Ph.D., Fall 2019)
  13. Maryam Maleki (Ph.D., Fall 2019)
  14. Erik Buchholz (Ph.D., Fall 2020)
  15. Karen Watts (Ph.D., Spring 2020)
  16. Billy Spann (Ph.D., Spring 2020)
  17. Adeola Adesoba (MS., Fall 2020)
  18. Oluwaseyi Adeliyi (MS, Spring 2021)
  19. Sodiq Oyedotun (MS, Spring 2021)
  20. Abiola Akinnubi (Ph.D., Spring 2021)
  21. Ruchi Agarwal (Ph.D., Spring 2021)
  22. Tolulope Oyekanmi (Ph.D., Spring 2021)
  23. Connice Trimmingham (MS, Fall 2021)
  24. Ifeanyichukwu “Joshua” Umoga (MS, Fall 2021)
  25. Ugochukwu “Ugo” Onyepunuka (MS, Fall 2021)
  26. Obianuju “Ivory” Okeke (MS, Fall 2021)
  27. Vanessa Okeke (MS, Fall 2021)
  28. Sruthi Kompalli (MS, Fall 2021)
  29. Ayokunle Sunmola (MS, Fall 2021)
  30. Mayor Inna Gurung (MS, Fall 2021)
  31. Gaurav Thapa (MS, Fall 2021)
  32. Dayo Samuel Banjo (MS, Fall 2021)

Graduated Students

  1. Masood Mir (Ph.D., Spring 2010 – Spring 2012), previously faculty at Rowan University, now DAS Engineer at Verizon Wireless.
  2. Ismail Guvenc Yuce (Ph.D., Spring 2011 – Fall 2012)
  3. Fatih Sen (Ph.D., Spring 2011 – Spring 2014), Biomedical Informatics Research Specialist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
  4. Faysal Ahmed (Ph.D., Spring 2011 – Spring 2015), Windstream Communications. Check out his “Dream Bangla Orphanage” project.
  5. Nermin Hanna (MS, Summer 2014 – Spring 2015)
  6. Samer Al-khateeb (MS, Fall 2013 – Summer 2015), continuing to Ph.D.
  7. Serpil Tokdemir (Ph.D., Spring 2011 – Fall 2015), Data Scientist, Office of the Inspector Medicaid General, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  8. Amit Saha (Ph.D., Spring 2013 – Spring 2016), Research Professor, Wake Forest University.
  9. Mainuddin Shaik (MS, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016). HP, Texas.
  10. Abdul Fattah Mohammad (MS, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016).
  11. Therese Williams (Ph.D., Spring 2014 – Spring 2017), Professor, University of Central Oklahoma.
  12. Mohammad Shiblee Nooman (MS, Fall 2015 – Summer 2017).
  13. Tuja Khaund (MS, Fall 2016 – Fall 2017, continuing to Ph.D.).
  14. Najma Shaik (MS, Fall 2017 – Fall 2017).
  15. Ghouri Mohammad Saaduddin (MS, Summer 2016 – Fall 2017).
  16. Abu Fahad Siddiqui (MS, Summer 2016 – Fall 2017)
  17. Mukti Barole Shobha Sangappa (MS, Summer 2016 – Fall 2017) – 2017 Acxiom Diversity Scholarship Award winner.
  18. Samer Al-Khateeb (Ph.D., Fall 2015 – Fall 2017), Professor, Creighton University.
  19. Andrew Pyle (MS, Spring 2018).
  20. Kim Tran (Ph.D., Fall 2018), Dillards, Inc.
  21. Adekunle Adigun (MS, Spring 2019), Cisco.
  22. Oluwaseun Walter (MS, Spring 2019), Amazon
  23. Rita Chowdhury (MS, Fall 2019), Stephens, Inc.
  24. Hayder Al Rubaye (MS, Summer 2019), Continuing Ph.D.
  25. Kiran Kumar Bandeli (Ph.D., Fall 2019), Senior Data Scientist, Walmart, Inc.
  26. Muhammad Nihal Hussain (Ph.D., Fall 2019), Senior Data Scientist, Equifax
  27. Richard Young (MS, Fall 2019), First Orion
  28. Karen Watts (MS, Fall 2019 – Outstanding MS Degree award – EIT college level), Technology and Innovation Manager, UAEX, continuing to PhD
  29. Michael DiCicco (MS, Fall 2019)
  30. Anal Kanti Roy (MS, Fall 2019)
  31. Billy Spann (MS, Fall 2019), Verizon, continuing Ph.D.
  32. Abdullah Al Faysal (MS, Spring 2020), Software Engineer, Walmart, Inc.
  33. Adewale Obadimu (Ph.D., Summer 2020), Network Scientist, LinkedIn, Inc. 2017 LewerMark Make Your Mark Scholarship 2nd Prize winner
  34. Esther Mead (Ph.D., Fall 2016 – Fall 2020), Postdoc, COSMOS
  35. Shishila Shimray (MS, Fall 2018 – Fall 2020)
  36. Zachary Stine (Ph.D., Spring 2016 – Spring 2021), Postdoc, COSMOS
  37. Tuja Khaund (Ph.D., Spring 2018 – Spring 2021), Senior Data Scientist, Walmart
  38. Uchenna Umoga (MS, Fall 2019 – Spring 2021), Data Scientist, First National Bank
  39. Seun Johnson (MS, Fall 2019 – Spring 2021), Data Scientist, Experian

Undergraduate Student Mentoring

  1. Winfried Hering (Exchange student from Fernuniversität Hagen, Fall 2011 – Spring 2012, Manager at Q_PERIOR)
  2. Praneeth Kaza (Undergraduate Research Experience in Social Computing, Fall 2013)
  3. Sebastian Florez (NSF REU student from Stetson University, Summer 2014)
  4. Victoria Richardson (NSF REU student from Auburn University, Summer 2014)
  5. Holly Ratliff (NSF REU student from Missouri Southern State University, Summer 2015)
  6. Shelby Sorrels (EIT SUPER Scholar from Harding University, Summer 2015)
  7. Brandon Dalton (NSF REU Scholar from Northeastern University, Summer 2016)
  8. Tyrique Jackson (UALR LSAMP Scholar, Summer 2016)
  9. Joseph Kready (Fall 2019 – Fall 2020)

High School Student Mentoring

  1. Karina Batra (Summer 2019)
  2. Rishik Kanchanapally (Summer 2019)
  3. Alekhya Pidugu (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

Postdoctoral Mentees

  1. Serpil Tokdemir (October 2017 – January 2019)
  2. Samer Al-khateeb (January 2018 – July 2018)
  3. Fatih Sen (May 2018 – August 2018)
  4. Muhammad Nihal Hussain (January 2020 – April 2021)
  5. Esther Mead (January 2021 – present)
  6. Zachary Stine (May 2021 – present)

Some Useful Links

  1. Blogtrackers tool
  2. YouTubeTracker tool
  3. Focal Structure Analysis (FSA) tool
  4. COVID-19 Misinformation Tracker tool
  5. How to have a bad graduate student career by Patterson
  6. Choosing a mentor
  7. KDNuggets – Data Mining Community’s Top Resource

Video Lectures

  1. Deviant Mobs of the Internet: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures at University of New Haven, Alvine Lecture Series, October 30, 2019.
  2. Deviant Mobs of the Internet: Bots, Trolls, and Misinformation at the UALR Downtown Invited Lecture Series, Little Rock, March 13, 2019.
  3. A Social Identity Approach to Identify Familiar Strangers in a Social Network, as author at the Second AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) 2009.
  4. Blogosphere: Research Issues, Applications, and Tools, as tutorial speaker at the 14th ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) 2008 (together with Huan Liu).
  5. Identifying the Influential Bloggers, as author at the First International ACM Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2008.