John Buck


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Chancellor Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Curriculum Vitae



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




Research awards

  • $ 326,281 awarded by Office of Naval Research for Universal Adaptive Beamformers
  • $ 127,678 awarded by Carnegie Mellon University | Office of Naval Research for Neurobehavioral, Physiological, and Computational Processes of Auditory Object Learning in Mammals
  • $ 1,253,847 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST II: Acoustic Rainfall Measurement on Global Drifters
  • $434,275 awarded by Office of Naval Research | Carnegie Mellon University for Specialization of Neural Processing During Active Acoustic Sensing in Marine Mammals and Humans
  • $584,028 awarded by Office of Naval Research for Random Matrix Theory Analysis of Adaptive Beamformers


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 SM, EE, and PhD 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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