Michael Wakin

Professor, Electrical Engineering

Professor Michael Wakin's Faculty HeadshotMichael B. Wakin has a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in mathematics in 2000 (summa cum laude), an M.S. in electrical engineering in 2002, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2007, all from Rice University. He was an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Caltech from 2006-2007, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan from 2007-2008, and a Ben L. Fryrear Associate Professor at Mines from 2015-2017. His research interests include signal and data processing using sparse, low-rank, and manifold-based models.

In 2007, Dr. Wakin shared the Hershel M. Rich Invention Award from Rice University for the design of a single-pixel camera based on compressive sensing. In 2008, Dr. Wakin received the DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research in compressive multi-signal processing for environments such as sensor and camera networks. In 2012, Dr. Wakin received the NSF CAREER Award for research into dimensionality reduction techniques for structured data sets. In 2014, Dr. Wakin received the Excellence in Research Award for his research as a junior faculty member at Mines. In 2021, Dr. Wakin was elevated to IEEE Fellow. Dr. Wakin is a recipient of the Best Paper Award and the Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and he is currently a Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.


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  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 2000
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 2002
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 2007

Research Areas

  • signal and image processing
  • compressive sensing

Please see Dr. Wakin’s publication website or his Google Scholar profile for a complete list of his publications.