Thesis Update

Just wanted to let everyone know that I got my thesis sent off to my committee today. I still need to get all of them to sign off by tomorrow on it being ready for defense, but the it looks like I’ve made it! If all goes well, on the 3rd of next month I’ll be defending my thesis, and I should have it submitted for publication by the middle of July. Once I have an electronic copy of it online there at BYU, I will post a link here. The paper came in shorter than I expected, with only 174 pages including the university pages at the front, and the reference list and Appendices at the back. I think the modeling approach I took is something I can be confident defending. I wasn’t able to perform the final validation experiment due to the piezoceramic rings breaking (due to me being retarded during assembly), and it’s unclear if I’ll have replacements in time for the defense date, but otherwise I think I did pretty well.

I’ll keep you all posted as new developments come up.

[Update: The form is in, and I’m officially scheduled for oral defense on the 3rd of July, 10am in the Mechanical Engineering Department Conference Room at BYU. I’ve still got to do a lot of polishing work on this paper, especially with cleaning up the format, and fixing any grammatical errors or confusing parts. And then I need to prepare my thesis defense presentation. And all this while we’re doing the last few things at work before we get air underneath and a slack tether above XA-0.1…so the it looks like I’ll be busy for some time yet.]

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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5 Responses to Thesis Update

  1. kert says:

    congratulations are in order !

    how long did you sleep, once finished ? 😉

  2. Jon Goff says:

    Seeing as how I just sent it in before blogging about it…

    Seriously, I finished most of it on by 1am yesterday, then I took Sunday off, and got up at 4am today to finish it.

    ~Jon

  3. john hare says:

    Congratulations also.

    I am going to have to read your thesis when available for several reasons.

    I don’t know what a masters thesis is.

    I don’t know why you want one.

    I don’t know what a pizzaelectron crystal is.

    Etc…

  4. Habitat Hermit says:

    Pizzaelectron eh? hehe, sounds yummy ^_^

    Congratulations Jon and I’m sure to read the thesis as well even though I bet most of it will be beyond me too even if I know what pizoelectricity and pizoelectric materials are.

  5. Pat says:

    Congratulations and good luck at your defense. I watched my brother defend his thesis to receive his doctorate and they try to tear you apart. Fortunately though, no matter how bad you feel after it they usually end up liking it and awarding you your degree. My brother described it as a sort of initiation.. kind of a tradition of sorts. Best of luck to you and I look forward to reading your thesis!

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