Larrin defended his thesis today. This is where you stand in front of 5 PHD advisers for three hours, they nit pick 160 pages of condensed research and make the candidate feel like he could have done more to find all of the ins and outs of a very narrow field of study.
He did better than average and will now receive his PHD in metallurgy. He has accepted a job with US steel in Pittsburgh.
He says it will be okay if I don't call him Dr. Thomas now, but others may have to.
We are very proud parents. He put hinself through school with almost no help from us and even saved money, got married, had two kids, and has no debt. We are excited for them.