Michael ended a 5.5 year journey to his doctorate degree on December 22nd. In the University of Maryland departmental ceremony that afternoon, he was hooded by his advisor Dr. Isabel Lloyd. He defended his dissertation titled “Ultra-Small Scale Mechanical Properties Measurement” in November. It described his doctorate research in the Nanomechanical Properties Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His family from Tennessee was able to attend the ceremony and enjoy a chuckle or two at the awesomeness that is doctorate regalia. Now that Mike is done with his PhD, he is moving on to a National Research Council postdoctoral position at NIST.