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.]