Marine Acoustics Short Course - Instructor Information

Our instructors selected for this course bring expertise from both academia and industry; all are knowledgeable educators, actively involved in theoretical and applied research in the topics they present. All instructors will be available to confer with individual participants about their own particular research questions. Provided below is a list of the 2017 course instructors.

Doug Abraham: Dr. Abraham has performed basic and applied research in active and passive sonar signal processing at Navy, NATO, and University laboratories.  His teaching experience includes a variety of courses relevant to sonar signal processing including digital signal processing, signal detection theory and array signal processing.

David Bradley: Dr. Bradley holds a PhD in Acoustics. His recent work has included investigations of sound propagation through internal waves, modeling of the impact of both ocean boundaries on the acoustic field, understanding acoustics of inhomogeneous (bubble-filled) media and measuring underwater noise fields.

Daniel Brown: Dr. Brown has 14 years’ experience applied to sonar signal processing with an emphasis on Synthetic Aperture Sonar imaging. Dr. Brown’s research has focused on sonar image formation, techniques for acoustics navigation, and sonar performance modeling.

Anthony Lyons: Dr. Lyons is a Research Professor at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Faculty in the Ocean Engineering and Oceanography Programs at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.  His research projects have included studies of shallow-water acoustic propagation, acoustic interaction with the seafloor and sea surface, and high-resolution characterization of seafloor sediments. 

Thomas Montgomery: Dr. Montgomery is a research associate at the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University and holds a PhD in engineering acoustics. During his career he has worked on the design and fabrication of underwater transducers and sonar systems. His current research interests include broadband transducer arrays, synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), and transduction materials characterization.

James Preisig: For 24 years, Dr. Preisig has been an international leader in the field of adaptive signal processing, underwater acoustics and underwater acoustic communications.  He has authored or co-authored 31 peer reviewed journal publications, has organized and/or led multiple national and international forums on challenges and research in high frequency acoustics and underwater acoustic communications and has taught graduate courses at Northeastern University and MIT on adaptive signal processing and related topics.

Kerri Seger: Dr. Seger holds a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has parameterized soundscapes of humpback, gray, and bowhead whale habitats, estimated animal density, and catalogued humpback whale social sounds. Her current research incorporates acoustic presence data of odontocetes in the Arctic Corridor with environmental modelling.

Chad Smith: Chad Smith is a senior research assistant at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory and holds an MS in Acoustics. He has spent more than 10 years in the field of acoustics in a combination of industry and academic research, including a large range of experimental efforts both at-sea and terrestrial. Research interests include underwater and atmospheric acoustic propagation, signal coherence, and signal processing.

Lora Van Uffelen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Ocean Engineering and the Graduate School of Oceanography. She is broadly interested in underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography and much of her field research has been in the area of long-range acoustic propagation.  Her current projects focus on acoustic sensing with mobile platforms, subsea localization of mobile platforms, modeling effects of ocean variability on acoustic propagation, and Arctic acoustic propagation.

Thomas Weber: Dr. Weber is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire where his research interests lie in the field of underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography.  His specific areas of concentration include acoustic propagation and scattering in fluids containing gas bubbles, the application of acoustic technologies to fisheries science, high-frequency acoustic characterization of the seafloor, and sonar engineering.