I find a recurring theme across universities:
The number of students enrolling for a PhD is not the number of students graduating with one. Not all of them seem to graduate in five years. All else being equal, why is it that some students are not graduating with a PhD and how do they justify the years spent in research ?!
I have several solutions for this burning question.
I interviewed some students and found out that one physics student actually graduated with a PhD in engineering from a different school. He told me that his dad’s friends were at that university.
Not everyone has a support system like that.
Another student applied for a very small job and then removed himself from his area of research. He had his sons to think about. He was wronged. My heart bleeds for him.
A girl I knew had to stop halfway because her thesis topic was scooped, as I had mentioned earlier!
I know something about these students that they themselves do not know: They will never stop thinking or dreaming.
Five to ten years is a very long time. They could have set up a company.
I am writing this for my fave student who got a very raw deal.
I suggest the following remedies:
Contact your colleagues dealing with NBCs.
Present your mathematical modeling project.
Copyright your work on the performance of NBCs
Patent your AI work when it begins to consistently outperform other engines.
MENTOR some students in building an NBC
Re-asses in a semester’s time.
DONT reach out to your committee: I will teach you to get them to reach out to you.
One colleague claimed he came up with the NBC i coded for. FIASCO, FALSE ACCUSATIONS!! All that hard work gone with one comment? Nope! I invited him to a conference and then we were at our poster. We had many many visitors. The story I told about SVMs and NBC was enough evidence to see who had done the work, and that I had many more ideas on NBCs. One scientist walked by and said that the debate had been going on for ever and asked me how my work was novel. I said: I thought about it. I can email or text you about what I found. My esteemed colleague will take over now. My colleague had no answer. My text had four “words”. Four words that represented a billion dollar industry. The scientist smiled slowly and said that I was right. I already knew that.
By this time my colleague was on shaky ground , saw how much of the work was solely my idea.