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Systems Optimization Laboratory

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Dept of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)

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Stanford, CA 94305-4121  USA

SOL PhD Dissertations

Aug 2014: Stanford Thesis style file from Emma Pease, CSLI: suthesis-2e.sty home page.
The example begins with \documentclass[12pt]{report}, and suthesis-2e.sty specifies \setstretch{1.3}.
We strongly recommend [10pt] and \setstretch{1.213} on the grounds that nobody needs to maximize the length of their thesis.
We hope that the Registrar will allow \setstretch{1.0} before too much longer, like most books and journals and technical papers that we read every day.

Aug 2014: Unofficial help from Stanford students: Thesis and Dissertation Help Center.

Nov 2007: Example LaTeX driver from Felix Kwok: felix-thesis-example.tex.
To save trees, it uses 10pt, twoside, and \setstretch{1.213}, as permitted by the Registrar.
Update (June 2011): Emma Pease now has \setstretch{1.3} in suthesis-2e.sty, but \setstretch{1.213} still seems enough.

Dec 2004: Earlier example LaTeX driver from Michael Friedlander: mpfthesis-example.tex.
Here's what it looks like (19 short pages): mpfthesis-example.pdf.
This is where \setstretch{1.213} began.
pdflatex seems the best way to go nowadays. Figures can include pdf, png, or jpg files.
Some earlier help for making readable ps and pdf files is here: readme.txt.

Portable PDF files: The following Unix or Linux command makes a PDF file truly portable by embedding all necessary fonts within the file:
      ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress thesis.pdf thesis_font_embed.pdf
A side-benefit is that the file size shrinks! (Thanks to David Fong for finding this command.)

Completed dissertations: