Branden Ghena Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Branden Ghena

Graduate student Branden Ghena has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan.

Branden works with Prof. Prabal Dutta in Lab 11, the the Embedded Systems Lab in CSE. His current project is SensEye, a platform for low-power wearable gaze detection, allowing people and computers to interact in new ways. As a member of the embedded systems lab, Branden is excited to participate in creating Internet of Things devices that are useful and usable.

Before coming to Ann Arbor, Branden was an undergraduate student at Michigan Tech. There he led a team which created the computer hardware and software for the Oculus-ASR satellite, which is scheduled to launch in 2016. He also spent two summers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on future satellite computer systems.


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.