Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dissertation of the year award

This has to go to Jennifer Hooper McCarty, whose dissertation work on rivets demonstrates that the company that built the RMS Titanic was using substandard material. The cheap rivets likely caused the ship to sink much faster than it otherwise would have, dropping 1,500 people into the North Atlantic before a rescue ship could arrive.

I can only imagine what she was like during grad school. Every party she went to, she was probably talking about rivets. And her friends would probably say, "What, again with the rivets?"

Hard work pays off.

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