Archive for May, 2012

Dissertation is Written

May 25 2012

After getting the encouraging but plentiful comments back from Herbert, I polished up my dissertation this past week.  And, finally, my dissertation is ready to send to my committee and post online for all to see.  So, for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath, I posted it on my website for you.  In my unbiased opinion, it is a good read.

Although I have two pages (which will become four pages with the Duke double spaced rule) of acknowledgments, I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has helped me and supported me these past five years, especially those who regularly read (and comment on) on my blog.  Thanks so much!! Since I spent some time writing my acknowledgments, I will copy them here so you don’t need to open the dissertation to read them (although why would you not want to look at my dissertation?!?!):

The person to whom I owe the most gratitude is my future husband, David L. Millman. He has selflessly supported me from the first day of graduate school. Thank you, Dave!, for all of your love and support.

The next person I would like to thank is my adviser, Dr. Herbert Edelsbrunner.He has supported me in my endeavors, introduced me to many researchers in our field, and always provided honest feedback on my writing, on my presentations, as well as on my research. I thank you, Herbert, for all of your support and guidance.

I also thank my other committee members: Dr. Hubert Bray, Dr. John Harer and Dr. Carlo Tomasi. Thank you for your discussions that have helped to develop my dissertation and for the time that you have committed to serving on my = committee. I am grateful for the support and resources made available to me from Duke University and from IST Austria. I thank Dr. Pankaj Agarwal, Dr. Sayan Mukherjee, Dr. Caroline Uhler and Dr. Jeff Phillips for their valuable discussions.

I thank my undergraduate institution, Saint Joseph’s University, for preparing me for graduate school. Thank you to Dr. Steve Cooper for encouraging me to study computer science. Thank you to Dr. Sam Smith for introducing me to topology and patiently working with me on my undergraduate thesis. Thank you to Dr. Paul Klingsberg for your constant words of encouragement and for all of those dim-sum lunches in Chinatown.

I thank my family, the crazy Fasys, who lovingly support me, regardless of where in the world I am. I especially thank my grandparents: Edward J. Ryan, Jr., Gertrude T. Ryan, Jack Fasy and Joan C. Fasy. I would not be where I am today without them. I thank my parents, Joseph F. X. and Terese G. Fasy for their love and encouragement. To my siblings, Joey, Dana and Devon: thank you for always believing in me. I thank my godfather Bill Fasy for his constant encouragement. I also thank my future family: Dr. Ron Millman, Merri Millman and Lisa Millman. Thank you for welcoming me into your family with open arms.

Finally, I thank my friends and colleagues who have helped me develop academically as well as personally. Those who have supported me are not few in numbers, so I apologize in advance if your name is not mentioned here. Natalie Soroka has been my best friend since we were five years old. She proudly displays my papers (as well as Dave!’s) in her office. I also thank Natalie’s parents, Ma and Pa Soroka, who have always treated me like a daughter. I thank Diana Zalewski, who brings enthusiasm wherever she goes. I thank Jessica Klusek, who is always ready for a study date. I am indebted to Kathleen Vaccaro, who is always smiling, regardless of how much sleep she has had. Thank you to my friends at Duke and at UNC–Robby Cochran, Dr. Eduardo Cuervo, Dr. Herodotos Herodotou, Dr. Laura Johnson, Srinivas Krishnan, Alana Libonati, Dr. Justin Manweiler, Elizabeth Munch, Catie Welsh and Brian Williams–who have not forgotten me, despite me living across the ocean. Thank you to Darrell Bethea for always ensuring that, at any hour of the day, there was someone awake and available to talk with me. Thank you to Frank Miller for not doubting my ability to ski down a mountain, even when every direction is up. Dr. Amit Patel became my best “European” friend when we moved to Vienna together in 2009. He has inspired me to work harder and to ski more often. Dr. Bei Wang has taught me the ropes of networking at conferences. I thank Dr. Chao Chen, who is always enthusiastic about research, even at the gym. I thank Dr. Michael Kerber and his wife Michaela. To them, I have just one word: b¨se. I thank Olga Symonova for allowing me to think out loud in the office. I thank Susanna Ricco for not complaining when our office suddenly became a social gathering room. To my friends in Austria–Filip Korč, Novi Quadrianto, Viktoriia Sharmanska and the girls of the Vienna Cherokees–thank your for making me feel at home in a foreign land. I am grateful for my friendship with Morten Bojsen-Hansen. I am in awe of his enthusiasm for learning. Thank you, Morten, for always being ready for an adventure, whether it be learning topology or running to another country.


Guest Starring …

May 17 2012

Today I received a very exciting email …. the Travel Channel contacted me inviting me to be on a TV show!!  They are filming “Xtreme Waterparks” and will be visiting Area 47 and Wörgler Wasser Welten in Austria.  The show rep, Sara, found me from my blog!  It pays to let the world know who you are, what you are doing, and where you are.

Unfortunately, they are filming on the 23rd and 26th of this month and I am still in the USA.  Sara asked me to find other English-speakers in Austria who would be interested in being on the show (you know, as my understudy).  So, if you are in Austria on those dates and would be interested, let me know and I will tell you how to sign up!

Less Than One Month …

May 14 2012

I will defend my PhD on the 11th of June.  It’s less than one month away now.

I set my defense date back in February, but it wasn’t until last week that I realized that the end is near and I am starting to feel ready to graduate.  Most of the dissertation is written at this point, although there are many things that I would still like to add into it and many more rounds of editing that I am sure I will do.  I send the second half to Herbert this evening so he can send me his comments (he’s already made comments on the first half).  After I get comments back from Herbert, I will send it off to my committee!

A Date is Set!

May 7 2012

1 June 2013!!!

After over one year of being engaged, the date is finally set.  Dave and I will get married on 1 June 2013.  Our reception at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.  The Racquet Club is a private athletic and social club in Philly, located near 16th and Walnut. The venue, built in the early 1900s, is “very Philly”.

The food will be delicious of course, as Jeffrey Miller Catering is going to cater the event.  We are looking forward to working with Marc at JMC to make this day perfect.


I look at as Dave steers our boat in the kindergarten playground.