I am a third-year Ph.D. student in computer science. I have finished all course requirements and I work full-time as a software engineer at a FAANG company. I am doing my best trying to balance time between work and school. But today I had a meeting with my advisor and he said by the end of summer he expects me to wrap up all my thesis work.
Basically, I did
- One year of study the research material and taking graduate-level courses to study the problem
- One year of research to understand the problem and come up with the solution
- One year of solving the problem, coding, and showing my method worked
What is remaining is writing a paper and defense.
My advisor is very strict and I am kind of surprised he said that. I don't feel like I have accomplished anything yet and there is more to the problem. Should I try to explain the work is not finished yet? Or maybe he is getting tired of me and wants to focus on other problems.