Summary: Part Decomposition of 3D Surfaces
Presented for the
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
David Lon Page
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of
giants" --Sir Isaac Newton, 1676
Although I do not pretend to have seen as far as Newton--if I have even seen far
at all, I do believe his quote is very apt in that many giants, not necessarily of the
scientific variety, have afforded me the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. To
each of them, I am forever grateful.
First and foremost, I am deeply indebted to my family, especially my mother, Shirley
Page, and my brother, Dan Page. Where I am today is in no small part due to their
love and support. I also owe a special thanks to my Uncle Momo, Lon Boyd, who has
always encouraged me to "get that education."
I additionally would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Mongi Abidi. His willingness to