Ulric J. Ferner

Ulric is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA. His major is information theory and his minor is in finance at the Sloan School of Management. He is fortunate to be working under the guidance of Professor Muriel Medard in the Network Coding & Reliable Communications Group. Ulric's research interests include information systems, computer networking, content distribution, and energy efficient computing.

Prior to joining the EECS department, Ulric completed his Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, also at MIT. His Masters work was completed in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), with a focus on graphical models and probabilistic inference.

Originally from "down under," Ulric came to MIT as a Fulbright Scholar from New Zealand, where he received his B. Eng. from the University of Auckland. During this program he was consistently a Dean's list student and he graduated first from over 400 undergraduates across the school's nine engineering disciplines.

Ulric has also been involved in MIT's student community through various roles, and was honored to serve as the 2010-11 graduate student body president of MIT, representing all 6000 graduate students at the Institute. In May 2011, Ulric won the William L. Stewart Jr. Award for "outstanding contributions by an individual student for extracurricular activities and events" during his term as MIT graduate student president.