Graduate students and post-docs of Jeffrey A. Fessler as of 2016-03-13.
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    PhD students who dissertation research I chaired.
    1. McGaffin, Madison
      Thesis (2015, EECS): X-ray CT image reconstruction on highly-parallel architectures
      GAANN Fellow, 2010
      Now a post-doctoral fellow at UM

    2. Schmitt, Stephen
      Thesis (2015, EECS): Fast variance prediction for iteratively reconstructed CT with applications to tube current modulation
      Now a Quantitative Research Associate at Susquehanna International Group.

    3. Cho, Jang Hwan
      Thesis (2014, EECS): Improving statistical image reconstruction for cardiac X-ray computed tomography
      Kwanjeong Scholarship, 2010-2014
      Now an Image Reconstruction Engineer at Endra.

    4. Kim, Donghwan
      Thesis (2014, EECS): Accelerated optimization algorithms for statistical 3D X-Ray computed tomography image reconstruction
      KLA-Tencor Fellowship, 2010
      Was a post-doctoral fellow at UM. Now a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard.

    5. Nien, Hung
      Thesis (2014, EECS): Model-based X-ray CT image and light field reconstruction using variable splitting methods
      KLA-Tencor Fellow, 2012
      Was a post-doctoral fellow at UM through Dec. 2015. Now a Research Scientist 3 at KLA-Tencor.

    6. Allison, Michael
      Thesis (2014, EECS): Accelerated computation of regularized estimates in magnetic resonance imaging
      Canadian NSERC Doctoral scholarship
      Now an Associate at McKinsey & Co., Toronto

    7. Matakos, Antonis
      Thesis (2013, EECS): Dynamic image and fieldmap joint estimation methods for MRI using single-shot trajectories
      Reithmiller Fellow, 2010. Now a senior software engineer at Toshiba Medical Research Institute.

    8. Lingenfelter, Dan Innovative Signal Analysis (ISA) Fellowship 2008, 2009
      Thesis (2011, EECS): Source detection and image reconstruction with position-sensitive gamma-ray detectors
      Now a Senior Engineer at Seagate Technology in Longmont, CO.

    9. Huh, Wonseok
      Thesis (2011, EECS): Regularized statistical material decomposition in medical imaging
      Was a consultant at Bain & Company in Seoul. Now an Outcome-Based Solution Marketer at GE Healthcare in Seoul.

    10. Funai, Amanda (NSF Graduate Fellowship)
      Thesis (2011, EECS): Regularized estimation of main and RF field inhomogeneity and longitudinal relaxation rate in magnetic resonance imaging
      Now a teaching instructor at East Carolina University.

    11. Khalsa, Kim (NSF Graduate Fellowship)
      Thesis (2011, BME): Temporal regularization use in dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI
      Now a Guest Instructor at Concordia College.

    12. Valenzuela, John
      Thesis (2010, Applied Physics): Polarimetric image reconstruction algorithms
      Was supported by a General Dynamics Graduate Fellowship. Now a Research Scientist at MTRI in Ann Arbor.

    13. Chun, Se Young
      Thesis (2009, EECS): Motion aspects in joint image reconstruction and nonrigid motion estimation
      Was a postdoctoral fellow at MGH/Harvard. Was a postdoctoral fellow in my group working on SPECT-CT image reconstruction. Now an Assistant Professor in ECE at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
      2015 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

    14. Shi, Hugo R.
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Fast regularization design for tomographic image reconstruction for uniform and isotropic spatial resolution
      Software Developer at Continuum Analytics.

    15. Ruan, Dan
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Image guided respiratory motion analysis: time series and image registration
      Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at UCLA. Was a researcher in Radiation Oncology at Stanford University.

    16. Srivastava, Somesh
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Accelerated statistical image reconstruction algorithms and simplified cost functions for X-ray computed tomography
      Was a Postdoctoral researcher with IBM Multimedia Technologies in IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Was a Post-doctoral research fellow in the Dept of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University. Now an Advanced Algorithm Scientist at GE Healthcare.

    17. Zeng, Rongping
      Thesis (2007, EECS): Estimating respiratory motion from CT images via deformable models and priors
      Now a Research Scientist at FDA/CDRH/OSEL in Rockville, MD.

    18. Zhang-O'Connor, Yingying
      Thesis (2007, EECS): Noise properties of regularized image reconstruction in X-ray computed tomography
      Now a Quantitative Researcher at RGM Advisors in Austin, TX.

    19. Jacobson, Matthew
      Thesis (2006, EECS): Approaches to motion-corrected PET image reconstruction from respiratory gated projection data
      Now a Research Scientist at Xoran Technologies in Ann Arbor, MI.

    20. Yendiki, Anastasia
      Thesis (2005, EECS): Analysis of signal detectability in statistically reconstructed tomographic images
      Now an Asst. Physicist faculty member at MGH/Harvard in Cambridge, MA working on fMRI.

    21. Ahn, Sangtae
      Thesis (2004, EECS): Convergent algorithms for statistical image reconstruction in emission tomography
      Now a Lead Engineer in the Functional Imaging Group at GE Global Research. Previously a post-doctoral fellow in Richard Leahy's group at USC .

    22. Kim, Jeongtae
      Thesis (2004, EECS): Intensity based image registration using robust similarity measure and constrained optimization: applications for radiation therapy
      Now an Associate Professor in the Information electronics engineering department of Ewha Womans University, Korea.

    23. Elbakri, Idris
      Thesis (2003, EECS): Statistical reconstruction algorithms for polyenergetic X-ray computed tomography
      Previously at Fischer Imaging in Colorado on digital X-ray imaging.
      Now an Imaging Physicist in the Division of Medical Physics, CancerCare in Manitoba, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba.

    24. Sotthivirat [now Thongvigitmanee], Saowapak (Nan)
      Thesis (2003, EECS): Statistical image recovery techniques for optical imaging systems
      Now a Researcher at the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand.

    25. Stayman, Web
      Thesis (2002, EECS): Spatial resolution in penalized-likelihood image reconstruction
      Now an Asst. Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.


    26. Yu, Feng (Dan)
      Thesis (2000, EECS): Statistical methods for transmission image reconstruction with nonlocal edge-preserving regularization
      Completed a PhD in mathematics in 2005 at Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver. Then was a postdoc in Statistics at Oxford, UK. Now holds a lectureship in Statistics at the University of Bristol .

    27. Yavuz, Mehmet
      Thesis (2000, EECS): Statistical tomographic image reconstruction methods for randoms-precorrected PET measurements
      Previously: GE Corporate Research and Development (developing cone-beam X-ray CT systems and reconstruction methods), then at Nortel Networks.
      Now a Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) working on wireless communications systems.

    28. Erdogan, Hakan
      Thesis (1999, EECS): Statistical image reconstruction algorithms using paraboloidal surrogates for PET transmission scans
      After graduation, Hakan first went to IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs, where he researched speech recognition methods, a statistical signal processing problem that builds on some of the same algorithms (like the EM algorithm) used in image reconstruction.
      Hakan is now a Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.


    PhD students whose dissertation research I co-chaired.
    1. Muckley, Matthew
      Acceleration methods for MRI
      (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      GAANN Fellow, 2012; Rackham Predoctoral Fellow, F15-W16

    2. Kim, Jung Kuk
      Architectures for X-ray CT image reconstruction
      (co-chaired with Zhengya Zhang, ECE)
      Reithmiller Fellow, 2012
      Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) Scholarship, 2008-
      Was a Member of Research Staff at Fujitsu Labs of America. Now a Pixel IP Design Engineer at Apple.

    3. Sun, Hao
      (co-chaired with Jon-F. Nielsen, fMRI center)
      Thesis (2015, EECS): Topics in steady-state MRI sequences and RF pulse optimization
      Now a software engineer at Apple.

    4. Zhao, Feng
      (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2013, BME): Methods for MRI RF pulse design and image reconstruction
      Now a Software Engineer at KLA-Tencor.

    5. Yoon, Daehyun
      (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2012, EECS): Fast joint design of RF and gradient waveforms for MRI parallel excitation
      Now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

    6. Long, Yong
      (co-chaired with James Balter, Radiation Oncology)
      Thesis (2011, EECS): Statistical image reconstruction and motion estimation for image-guided radiotherapy
      Was a postdoc in my group, working on CT reconstruction, then a CT Algorithm Scientist at GE Global Research in NY. Now an Assistant Professor at SJTU-UM Joint Institute.

    7. Kublik, Catherine (Dupuis) (co-chaired with Selim Esedoglu, Math)
      Thesis (2010, Applied Math, awarded Ralph B. Baldwin thesis prize): Topics in PDE-based image processing
      Was a postdoc at UT Austin. Now an Asst. Prof. at Univ. of Dayton

    8. Maleh, Ray (co-chaired with Anna Gilbert, Math)
      Thesis (2009, Applied Math): Efficient sparse approximation methods for medical imaging
      Now with L3 Communications in Greenville, TX.

    9. Olafsson, Valur (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2009, EECS): Fast and motion robust dynamic R2* reconstruction for functional MRI
      Senior Research Scientist, University of Pittsburgh. Was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC San Diego.

    10. Bashan, Eran (co-chaired with Al Hero, EECS)
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Efficient resource allocation schemes for search
      Currently pursuing entrepreneurial activities: HygieiaMedical.com.

    11. Bhagalia, Roshni (co-chaired with Boklye Kim, Radiology)
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Analysis and strategies to enhance intensity-based image registration
      Currently a Computer Vision Scientist with GE Global Research.

    12. Joshi, Aniket (co-chaired with Robert Koeppe, Radiology)
      Thesis (2008, BME): Improved quantitative methods for multiple neuropharmacological non-invasive brain PET studies
      Currently a Clinical Imaging Scientist at Novartis

    13. Way, Ted (co-chaired with H. P. Chan, Radiology)
      Thesis (2008, BME): Computer-aided diagnosis of pulmonary nodules in thoracic computed tomography
      Currently a Program Manager for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Team

    14. Yeo, Teck Beng Desmond (co-chaired with Boklye Kim, Radiology)
      Thesis (2008, EECS): Advances in concurrent motion and field-inhomogeneity correction in functional MRI
      Currently Manager, MRI Laboratory, GE Global Research.

    15. Noh, Joonki (co-chaired with Victor Solo, EECS)
      Thesis (2007, EECS): True spatio-temporal detection and estimation for functional magnetic resonance imaging
      Initially worked as a post-doc at UM on low-dose dual-energy CT for PET attenuation correction. Then worked at Galt Research LLC, Ann Arbor, MI, developing statistical image/signal processing algorithms for long-range Compton scattering imaging. Earned a 2nd PhD in Finance, and is now an Asst. Prof. of Banking and Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management in Case Western Reserve University.

    16. Narayanan, Ramkrishnan (co-chaired with Charles Meyer, Radiology)
      Thesis (2007, BME): Diffeomorphic transformations for automatic multi-modality image registration
      Now a research scientist at Eigen in Grass Valley, CA.

    17. Yip, Chunyu (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2007, EECS): RF pulse designs for signal recovery in T2*-weighted functional magnetic resonance imaging
      Was a post-doctoral fellow at MGH/Harvard in Cambridge, MA working on fMRI. Now at Queen's College, Hong Kong.

    18. Lee, Sangwoo (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2006, EECS): Iterative reconstruction methods for rosette trajectories in functional MRI
      Was a MR pulse sequence design / application development engineer at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, WI. Now a MR scientist at GE Applied Science Laboratory APAC in Seoul.

    19. Krishnan, Sumati (co-chaired with Tom Chenevert, Radiology)
      Thesis (2004, BME): K-space acquisition method for dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI: Application to breast tumors
      Now a post-doctoral fellow in Pediatrics at Emory Univ.

    20. Sutton, Brad (Whitaker Fellow) (co-chaired with Doug Noll, BME)
      Thesis (2003, BME): Physics-based reconstruction of magnetic resonance images
      Was a Research Scientist at the Biomedical Imaging Center, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Now an Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See his famous fast MRI video of singing here

    21. Sukovic, Predrag (co-chaired with Neal Clinthorne, Nuclear Medicine)
      Thesis (2003, BME): Design of a dual modality PET/cone beam CT scanner - A feasibility study
      Now CEO of Xoran Technologies of Ann Arbor, MI.

    22. Park, Hyunjin (co-chaired with Charles Meyer, Radiology)
      Thesis (2003, BME): Adaptive registration and atlas based segmentation
      Now an Assoc. Professor, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea.

    23. Ghanei, Amir (co-chaired with H. Soltanian-Zadeh, Henry Ford Hospital)
      Thesis (1999, EECS): A knowledge-based deformable surface model for analysis of medical images.
      Was with Innoveda, now with Medtronic.

    24. Titus, Stephen (co-chaired with Al Hero, EECS)
      Thesis (1996, EECS): Improved penalized likelihood reconstruction of anatomically correlated emission data.
      Now CTO at BIS Global.


    Doctoral students with whom I worked closely.
    Graduate students that performed directed study research with me.
    Dissertation titles of students for whom I have served as a committee member.
    Photographs from group parties.
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