Meet EECS graduate student Andrew Puryear

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EECS graduate student Andrew Puryear

Where are you from and where did you complete your undergraduate studies?

I grew up in Austin, Texas. I did my undergrad in EECS at Texas A&M University and my master's in EECS at Stanford University.

What is your research about and why are you excited about your projects?

I'm always very excited to work on research that's new and innovative; to lead the way into new fields. MIT trains students to think about the world in novel ways and, because of that, MIT students are in a unique position to break open new fields. As my research advisor, Professor Vincent W.S. Chan, always says "if there are more than five people working on a problem, its time to move on."

Currently, I work in the Optical Communications Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. As a part of my current research, I develop advanced laser communication to support the emergent requirement to be able to detect anything, from anywhere, at any time with a requirement to globally share this information in real-time with high reliability and security. As a part of the mission to advance reliable and survivable high data rate communication, I research novel communication techniques and architectures that, coupled with advanced high-speed electronics, real-time digital signal processing (DSP), and novel sensors, enables these next generation space/terrestrial optical system architectures.

What do you like to do outside of research and academics? 

Recreationally, I play tennis, run (only when its nice outside!), and lift weights. I also serve as an officer in the Navy Reserve.

What are your career goals and future plans?

I want to be able to address problems that are important to the world and difficult to solve, or even formulate properly. As my career evolves, I hope to continue to develop my technical breadth and depth while taking on increasingly more responsibility and leadership. 

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