Both of these tasks involved experimentation with glass heating and forming techniques.
It did not take long for me to fall victim to Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong will go wrong.
My project combined three primary interests: engineering, materials science, and art.
Ultimately, I designed, fabricated, tested, and analyzed a structural glass canopy.
I had never met him before, but he had learned about me and my research from reading my new website.
From this initial conversation, I observed that Gregor had a passion for life.That brings me to my first point of advice: Investigate something that really excites you intellectually.Leaving Princeton that summer, I had a general idea of the tasks I needed to accomplish before the start of the fall semester.Luckily, my lack of full-time summer employment allowed me ample opportunity to sort through all the problems that cropped up.As I troubleshot for answers, I had a glimpse into the world of experimental research.In the spring of my junior year, I began to search for both an adviser and a topic.As I sat and spoke with Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens, she learned of my prior work with art glass and insisted that we undertake a project involving that surprisingly complex medium.Gregor’s investigations confirmed that novel research never develops according to plan A.His physical experiments turned out to be more difficult than they originally seemed.” features the thesis-writing experiences of Princeton students and their advisers.From research conducted around the world to discoveries made in the library or the lab, students share their joy in doing original, independent work, while relaying some of their mistakes and tips for the next generation of Princetonians.