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ECE's Metzler wins Defense Department fellowship


Chris Metzler, a first-year graduate student in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Rice University, has been awarded a much-coveted National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Metzler’s research focuses on development of efficient compressive sensing recovery algorithms for use in radio frequency and high speed imaging applications.  His recent work has been done in collaboration with Richard G. Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering at Rice, and Arian Maleki, formerly a postdoctoral scholar at Rice and now assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University. They expect to publish their results this summer.

metzlar01Among the best-known applications of compressive sensing is the single-pixel camera, developed by Baraniuk and his colleagues at Rice in 2007.

Metzler earned a B.S. in ECE at Rice in 2013. The three-year NDSEG fellowship covers all tuition costs and provides a stipend of some $31,000 per year. Metzler will remain at Rice.

NDSEG selections are made by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research and the Army Research Office. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) administers the NDSEG Fellowship.

—Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications