laura-balzanoLaura Balzano is an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. She is an Intel Early Career Faculty Fellow and received an NSF BRIGE award. Her main research focus is on modeling with highly incomplete or corrupted data, and its applications in networks, environmental monitoring, and computer vision. Her expertise is in statistical signal processing, matrix factorization, and optimization.

Laura received all her degrees in Electrical Engineering: BS from Rice University, MS from the University of California in Los Angeles, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She received the Outstanding MS Degree of the year award from the UCLA EE Department, and the Best Dissertation award from the University of Wisconsin ECE Department. She has worked as a software engineer at Applied Signal Technology, Inc. Her PhD was supported by a 3M fellowship.

Would you like to read Laura’s blog? In it, she discusses science and the cultural role of scientists, gender issues, and a smidgen of politics. Also there are a lot of funny links. Seriously, check out the dinosaur programmers.