John Buck

John Buck, PhD

Chancellor Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering




Dion 324B


1996Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods HolePhD in Oceanographic Engineering
1991Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods HoleMS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
1989Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBS in Electrical Engineering & Humanities





Introduction to discrete-time signal analysis and linear systems. Topics include time domain analysis of discrete-time linear time-invariant (LTI) systems, solution of difference equations, system function and digital filters, stability and causality, discrete-time Fourier series, discrete-time Fourier transform and discrete Fourier transforms, z-transforms, sampling and the sampling theorem, discrete-time state equations, and communication systems. Students use analysis tools to design systems that meet functional specifications.

Introduction to continuous-time signal analysis and linear systems. Topics include classification of signals and systems, basic signal manipulation, system properties, time domain analysis of continuous-time linear time-invariant (LTI) systems, Laplace transform and its use in LTI system analysis, transfer functions and feedback, frequency response and analog filters, Fourier series representation and properties, continuous-time Fourier transform, spectral analysis and AM modulation, and simulation. Students learn to use signal analysis tools.

Continuation of ECE 457. Goals of this course are for the student to conduct, successfully complete, and professionally present the results of his/her capstone design project under the oversight of his/her faculty advisor. The objectives of this course include executing the design project plan prepared in ECE 457, conducting group activities associated with the execution of the design project, participating in design reviews, preparing the project report, and presenting and demonstrating the results of the project activities to a group of faculty, students, and industry representatives. Included in this course are major written report(s) and major oral presentation(s) as well as minor reports and presentations.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature, intended to develop design techniques,research techniques, initiative, and independent inquiry. A written thesis must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering. Completion of the course requires a successful oral defense open to the public and a written thesis approved by the student's thesis committee unanimously and the ECE Graduate Program Director. Admission to the course is based on a formal thesis proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the ECE Graduate Program Director.

Satisfies the Research Skills component of the ELE PhD qualifier. Student is evaluated by at least 3 faculty based on an oral presentation and defense of a small research project. Course is graded pass/fail.

Research for and preparation of doctoral dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal must provide a thorough survey of the research activities in the research topic area and it must present original and innovative research ideas and preliminary results as well as a defined research scope and directions. PhD students must have passed this course before registering for doctoral dissertation research credits. This course may also be applied toward MS thesis or project credit if PhD student leaves prior to completing their dissertation. In all cases, required deliverables are an oral defense and a written document approved by the student's committee.Graded P/F.


Research Interests

  • Signal Processing
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Animal Bioacoustics
  • Engineering Pedagogy

John R. Buck received his S.B. degrees in electrical engineering and humanities (English literature) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989, and subsequently received his S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Ocean and Electrical Engineering in 1991, 1992, and 1996, respectively.

In 1996, Dr. Buck joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also holds a joint appointment in the School for Marine Science and Technology. From 2003 to 2004, he was in Australia as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Sydney University. His textbook publications include "Discrete-Time Signal Processing, Second Edition" by Oppenheim and Schafer with Buck (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and "Computer Explorations in Signals and Systems Using Matlab (TM), Second Edition" by Buck, Daniel and Singer (Prentice-Hall, 2001). His research interests include signal processing, underwater acoustics, and marine mammal bioacoustics.

Dr. Buck received the Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award from the IEEE Education Society in 2005 and the Leo Sullivan Teacher of the Year award in 2008 from the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation. He is a past recipient of the ONR Young Investigator (2000) and NSF CAREER (1998) awards, as well as MIT's Goodwin Medal (1994) and the MIT EECS Department Carlton E. Tucker Teaching Award (1991). Dr. Buck is a member of the IEEE, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi.

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