David Hague has spent his academic career in UMass Dartmouth's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs, progressing from undergraduate student to PhD candidate. He has been a member of Prof. John Buck's Signal Processing Group, which offers opportunities for students to work in the forefront of signal processing and acoustics.
Opportunities for research, internships, and scholarships
"I've had many opportunities working in Dr. Buck's lab," Hague said. "My first big opportunity was to work with a contact of Dr. Buck's at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI."
"NUWC does a lot of research on sonar, and my master's thesis focused on studying bat biosonar, so we matched up quite well. My first summer internship there exposed me to some of the more practical engineering issues of sonar systems which also helped when I started more advanced acoustic signal processing coursework."
"Since then I've been interning at NUWC each summer as a Department of Defense SMART scholarship participant," he added. "The scholarship pays for my education, I work internships at NUWC, and NUWC hires me as a full-time professional upon my graduation."
I've presented at conferences in Sydney, Australia and Bonn, Germany, to name a few. I've been fortunate to be able to take advantage of UMass Dartmouth's travel grant program, which helps partially cover conference travel costs.
Travels to scientific conferences
Hague has had the opportunity to present his research at national and international conferences.
"I've presented at conferences in Sydney, Australia and Bonn, Germany, to name a few," he said. "I've been fortunate to be able to take advantage of UMass Dartmouth's travel grant program, which helps partially cover conference travel costs."
Hague's paper, "A generalized sinusoidal frequency modulated waveform for active sonar," earned second place for Best Student Paper at the Acoustical Society of America's November 2012 conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Many of my new research ideas come from the talks I attend, and the conversations I have at these conferences," he said. "Meeting researchers from around the world is as much a networking opportunity as it is an opportunity to share and develop ideas. It has been an invaluable experience as a graduate student."