From Intern to Leading Developer
BS in EE, Binghamton, 2004
MS in EE, Binghamton, 2005
James Metzler graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004, and the next year earned a master's degree in the same field with a Control Systems focus as part of the ECE Department's 3/2 program. The summer of 2005 was spent as an intern at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, in Rome, N.Y. Victor Skormin, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, was instrumental in creating this opportunity and it resulted in a research program that continued into Metzler's graduate year.
Metzler's master's research work explored the effects of routing customers and server restoration in a closed queuing environment and resulted in a thesis titled "The Effect of Supervisory Control on a Redundant Database Unit". Professor N. Eva Wu served as his thesis adviser, a relationship that was formed during his internship at AFRL.
Upon graduation, Metzler accepted a position at AFRL and continued his research on redundant database units and published multiple papers with Wu. He soon transitioned his research to applying peer-to-peer information distribution techniques to the publish/subscribe paradigm, and in the summer of 2007 traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., to participate on a rapid prototyping team that designed and built a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. Currently, Metzler is leading the development of a network-centric intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system.