Not Out Of The Woods

So, I defended my thesis today. And “passed with qualifications”, which means that they had some things they wanted me to fix before they’d sign off on it. Unfortunately, the qualifications include basically rewriting much of the thesis, and then coming back to re-defend it sometime soon. Oh, and did I mention that the absolute hard deadline for having the thesis defended, approved, and submitted for binding is the 20th?

…so, don’t expect to hear from me for a while.

[Update: I just heard back from my thesis advisor. It turns out that I have a whole week less to make all the changes then I thought. The department needs the final draft by the 13th in order to get all the signatures and get everything off to the library for the final deadline. So, I only have a week and a half. The good news however, is that because of that, they’re dropping the requirement for me to redefend. I just need to make all the changes soon enough that I can get it to all my committee members and have them reread it and actually sign off on it by the 13th. Which means I’ve really only got a couple of days to rewrite a 175pg paper…]

[Update2: In reality, even though the deadline is moved up, this isn’t really that much worse than I expected. “Pass with qualifications” is by far the most common result, I just had a few more changes necessary than I had originally thought.]

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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.
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6 Responses to Not Out Of The Woods

  1. Ferris Valyn says:


    Sorry to hear that Jon. Hopefully you’ll get it fully the 2nd time

  2. tonemcd says:

    Keep at it! – not far to go now…

  3. john hare says:

    It’s tough as you get close to the wire. Nerve wracking, sleep deprived tough. The game is worth the candle Jon, hang in there and win.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Almost there! Keep it up buddy!


  5. Earl Renaud says:

    Keep on pushing. It might seem like it is never going to end, but once you have it in the box it is an incredible feeling. And it is a once in a lifetime accomplishment that few can even aspire to, and one that no one can ever take away from you.

  6. Henry Cate says:

    Good luck. I hope all goes well.

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