CJ Barberan is a GEM and NSF Fellow starting his second year in Rice’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. program. His research interests are in image processing and machine learning. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and another BS in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University in 2013 and 2014 respectively. During the summer of 2014, he completed his GEM internship with MIT Lincoln Laboratory working on image processing algorithms on an embedded GPU board. During his undergrad, he was working under Dr. Laura Boucheron as an undergraduate research assistant. That research dealt with utilizing image processing and machine learning to predict solar flares from solar images.