Alumna honored by White House for data science research

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019
by Scott Lyon

Graduate alumna of electrical engineering Yuejie Chi has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the United States government's highest honor for young researchers.

Chi is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Robert E. Doherty Career Development Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research explores algorithms that extract useful information from large data sets for sensing and imaging applications. She also focuses ways to mathematically represent information—through geometry and structure—that make data sets more manageable for engineering applications.

The PECASE recognizes young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the research literature and who show exceptional promise for leadership in their fields.

While at Princeton, Chi was advised by Robert Calderbank, formerly a professor of electrical engineering and mathematics. Her dissertation was titled "Exploitation of Geometry in Signal Processing and Sensing." She has held visiting research positions at the Air Force Research Lab, Stanford University, Duke University and Colorado State University. Chi completed her Ph.D. in 2012.