Announcing the 2011 PhD Challenge Winner

December 15th, 2011

The PhD Challenge organization is proud to announce that the winner of the 2011 PhD Challenge contest is Tom Schaul from IDSIA/TU Munich. This year’s challenge was to get a peer-reviewed, academic paper published with at least one author with the nickname "Dirty Old Man" or "Crazy Cat Lady". Tom’s skill and daring attitude went beyond expectations as he submitted a paper with the ill-fated dictactor Muammar "Dirty Old Man" Gaddafi as one of his co-authors. Truly this paper will be remembered for time immemorial as the last scientific contribution of Muammar Gaddafi before his capture and death in October 2011.

Tom just completed his PhD at IDSIA/TU Munich and is now a postdoc at NYU, working on machine learning. He insists that his students and collaborators refer to him as “Colonel Tom” and only travels on campus with female bodyguards.

In recognition of his boldness, Tom is receiving as his reward (1) a Calabash professor’s pipe, (2) one copy of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style (4th Edition), and (3) the official 2011 PhD Challenge winning paper certificate.

The PhD Challenge organization sincerely thanks all those who participated or supported us this year, and would like to remind everyone that the 2012 Call for Participation will be announced on January 1st, 2012. You can also now follow us on Twitter @phdchallenge to stay abreast of the latest contest developments and updates.