Archive for May, 2009

Nicholas Shorter is defending his PhD EE dissertation this summer semester!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen or Good morning I should say if you’re still awake,

At this hour of the morning I am literally glowing with excitement!  Today I come with an epic announcement:  My Dissertation Defense Is This Semester!!!

Earlier this evening, I just completed testing on the last two components of my dissertation and both are working!  I have now accumulated enough novel contributions throughout my entire research career to defend my dissertation.  I feel highly confident that I will pass knowing what awesome material I will be presenting.  This marks the closing of a gargantuan portion of my life as I have been researching my chosen topic and going to school for my PhD for the last 3 years and another year before that for my master’s.

I have a date in mind for my defense, but I have to check with my committee first.  If this date jives with their schedules, I will announce it and would be absolutely delighted if you attend (as everyone in the ‘general public’ is invited).

In this hour of triumph, I am reminded of Eisenhower’s words (which will appear at the end of my actual submitted dissertation manuscript) in which he delivered to soldiers departing to the D-Day invasion:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight D Eisenhower, June 6, 1944