One of the best parts of this job is seeing students complete their education and prepare for a highly competitive career. Abhisek Manikonda successfully defended his dissertation this morning and will graduate with a doctoral degree. His work was thorough and complex and he handled the extra pressure of a virtual defense well (the audience was much larger than I’ve seen for in-person defenses). Thank you Abhisek for the honor of serving on your committee and allowing me to read your work. Congratulations, you certainly deserve the title of “Dr.”