Professor Martin Siderius, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PSU
Phone: (503) 725 3223


Professor Branimir Pejčinović, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PSU
Phone: (503) 725 5416

Assistant Professor John Lipor, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PSU
Phone: (503) 725 5409

Adjunct Professor John Gebbie, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PSU
Phone: (503) 593 3294


Professor Lisa M. Zurk, Ph.D.

Electrical Engineering, UW
Phone: (503) 543 1310

Visiting Researcher

Lanfranco Muzi, Ph.D.

Lanfranco Muzi received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Portland State University in 2009 and 2015, respectively. His current research pertains to underwater-acoustics modeling and physics based signal- and array-processing algorithms, with a special focus on marine ambient-noise processing. He has been a Research Fellow at the NATO-STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (La Spezia, Italy) in 2013 and 2014, and is a chartered nuclear engineer in Italy, where he received his Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering from Università di Pisa (Pisa, Italy). Dr. Muzi is a member of IEEE-Eta Kappa NU and of the Acoustical Society of America.

Scott Schecklman, Ph.D.

Scott is working on physics-based signal processing algorithms for terahertz (THz) non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of layered and random media. His primary research interests are wave propagation and scattering physics for radar, sonar and communications systems. He began his career designing cellular networks and antenna systems for aiports and malls. Scott is currently employed at Metron, Inc. where he models acoustic propagation for sonar systems and underwater communications networks.



Alex Higgins

Alex is currently pursuing his PhD in the ECE department at PSU. He started his academic career at the Pacific Northwest Collage of Art (PNCA) where he studied fine arts painting and philosophy. He worked for the IT group at (OHSU) for eight years where he found a passion for technology and the sciences. In 2008 he completed his BS degree in Computer Engineering and Physics. In 2012 he completed his master’s studies in Electrical Engineering and accepted a position with Mentor Graphics in (Silicon Valley, CA). His current research interests are computational techniques for physics-based wave propagation models and their scattering from dynamic random boundaries. When he’s not working, you can find him enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors or tinkering on one of his small motorbikes.


Charles Staffeld

Charles Staffeld is a currently working on his MS in electrical engineering with a focus on analog and electromagnetics. He has worked in industry as a hardware designer for a small company which focused on simple Internet of Things (IOT) solutions with radio frequencies. In the NEAR-Lab, he is interested in designing test equipment to gather acoustic and electromagnetic data. In his spare time, Charles builds analog synthesizers and tells jokes.

Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson recently graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Washington State University of Vancouver in December 2017. His continued interest in applied mathematics and electrical engineering have led him to pursue a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Portland State University with a focus on acoustic signal processing. His hobbies and other interests include; soccer, snowboarding and everything else the Pacific Northwest has to offer outdoors.

Daniel Frister

Megan Frantz

Megan Frantz received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from New York University in 2014. She is currently pursing a masters degree in Electrical Engineering, with a focus in acoustics and optics. Her interests include signal processing and optical imaging. In her spare time, Megan's hobbies include darkroom photography, knitting, and enjoying the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest.


There are currently no undergradte students working with the NEAR Lab. If you are interested in getting involved with one of our projects, please contact Dr. Siderius or Dr. Lipor. This is a great way to get some work experience and determine if you would like to persue a Masters program.


Alla Timchenko, Ph.D. Ukraine Institute for Radiophysics
Antao Chen, Ph.D., Applied Physics Lab, Ocean Acoustics, University of Washington
Axel Zeitler, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK
David K. Mellinger, Ph.D., CIMRS Bioacoustics Lab., Oregon State University
DJ Tang, Ph.D., Applied Physics Lab., Ocean Acoustics, University of Washington
Eliza Michalapolou, Ph.D. New Jersey Institute of Technology
Eric Thorsos, Ph.D., Applied Physics Lab., Ocean Acoustics, University of Washington
James McNames, Ph.D., Biomedical Signal Processing Lab., Electrical and Computer Engineering, PSU
Jean-Louis Ecochard, Ph.D., The Nature Conservancy
John Allen, Ph.D., University of Hawai'i
Jun Jaio, Ph.D., Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication, PSU
Mark Jones, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mike Pepper, Ph.D., Teraview
Orlando Baiocchi, Ph.D., Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Tacoma
Robert Osiander, Ph.D., Applied Physics Lab., Johns Hopkins University
Shari Matzner, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Steven Jacques, Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute Biomedical Engineering Dept., Oregon Health and Science University
Whit Au, Ph.D., University of Hawaii
X. C. Zhang, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Scott Schecklman, Ph.D.; hired at Metron Scientific Solutions


Lanfranco Muzi, Ph.D.; hired at JASCO Applied Sciences
Elizabeth Küsel, MS Ph.D.; hired at JASCO Applied Sciences
Scott Jewell, MS


Phu Nyugen, M.S.; hired at Intel


Justin Bell, M.S.; hired at Tektronix
Saroj Bardewa, B.S.; continuing studies at Portland State University
Gabe Kniffin, Ph.D.; hired at Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University


John Boyle, M.S.; pursuing Ph.D. with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Daniel Frister, B.S.; continuing research in the NEAR-Lab
Jimmy Gladish, Ph.D.; hired at Tektronix
Lanfranco Muzi, Ph.D.; research staff in the NEAR-Lab
Phu Nguyen, B.S.; pursuing M.S.E.E. with the NEAR-Lab


John Gebbie, Ph.D.; hired at Metron Scientific Solutions, Inc.


Jordan Shibley, M.S.; hired at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Eran Schweitzer; pursuing M.S. at Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen, Germany
Sam Henry, Ph.D.; postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington, Tacoma
Nathan Laws, M.S.; hired at Boeing


Pasang Sherpa, M.S.; hired at Intel
Alex Higgins, M.S.; hired at Mentor Graphics
Forest Kernan, M.S.; hired at Tektronix
Reid McCargar, M.S.; hired at Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University


Gabe Kniffin, M.S.; pursuing Ph.D. with the NEAR-Lab
Zizheng Li, M.S.; Electrical and Computer Engineering, hired at Jasco
Shari Matzner, Ph.D.; Systems Science, hired at PNNL
Kyung Nam, M.S.; Electrical and Computer Engineering


Jorge Quijano, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at University of Victoria
George Ogden, M.S.; hired at American Aerospace Engineering
Garth Sundberg, Ph.D.; hired at Ansys
Don Tornquist, B.S.; hired at Tektronix
Richard Campbell, M.S.; hired at Oasis


Tobias Oesterlein (Fulbright Scholar); continuing studies in Germany.
Scott Schecklman, M.S.; hired as research staff member at the NEAR-Lab, pursuing Ph.D. with the NEAR-Lab


Chensong He, M.S.; hired at Apple
Peyman Arefi, B.S.; continuing studies at UCLA
George Ogden, B.S., hired at American Aerospace Engineering


Josef Lotz, M.S.; hired at Kenworth Truck Co.
Taylor Maddix, B.S.; hired at Omneon
Brian Orlowski, M.S.; hired at Cascade Microtech


Jorge Quijano (Fulbright Scholar), M.S.; completed Ph.D. at the NEAR Lab in 2010
Reto Toengi, M.S.; hired at Pro-Dex Oregon Micro Systems Inc.


Farhad Farahbakhshian, B.S.; continuing studies at Oregon State University
Mike Hoffmann, B.S.; hired at Dolby
Bassem Jouni, B.S.

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