John R. Buck, Ph.D.

John R. BuckProfessor

  • Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering (concentration in Electrical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole, 1996
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole, 1991
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Humanities (English Lit.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

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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 2003-2004 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). 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.

Areas of interest

  • Animal Bioacoustics
  • Information Theory
  • Signal Processing
  • Signal Processing Pedagogy
  • Underwater Acoustics

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