25 May 2009
Dr. Christopher G. Glazner
Yep, it’s official. After almost 7 years spent at MIT, I am now Dr. Christopher G. Glazner. On May 8th, I successfully defended my dissertation before an audience of about 30, including my committee, a few other department professors, a dean, and a whole slew of other ESD doctoral students. I was a bit rattled as things began–I had forgotten to run copies of my slides to hand out, and was frantically trying to get the file to our department administrator, who was saving the day as always (Thanks Beth!) Once I started presenting, it was all down hill. I’ve talked about my research so much the past year that it all came naturally. After a few questions, my committee sent everyone out, conferred for a few short minutes, and welcomed me as Dr. Glazner. My dissertation was accepted with only typographical edits. I was done!
Afterwards, I gathered for lunch with my friends and caught up with folks, including several of our old students on Conner 2. Unfortunately, Summer and I couldn’t stay long because we had fancy dinner plans back in DC, courtesy of her firm. Very, very nice. I’ll catch up more with folks at graduation.
With this final hurdle out of the way, my life as a grad student has come to an end, and my life as a professional begins in earnest. My years at MIT have been amazing; I’ll miss it, but I’m anxiously anticipating moving forward.