Kenneth J. Hintz

Associate Professor
Kenneth J.
Engineering 3230
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Kenneth J. Hintz received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1967 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Since 1987 he has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He designed and established the Bachelor and Masters in Computer Engineering Degree Programs at GMU which were approved by SCHEV in June 1998 and 1999, respectively. The undergraduate Computer Engineering degree program was the first in the Commonwealth to fully integrate hardware description languages (HDL) into the curriculum.
Dr. Hintz holds 23 issued patents, 9 patents pending, is a Fellow of SPIE, a Senior Life Member of IEEE, and lead author on a book on Microcontrollers.
Before joining GMU, Dr. Hintz was with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA, working in electronic warfare and radar signal processing where he designed and built the AN/ULQ-16, variations of which are still in production. Prior to working at NSWC, Dr. Hintz was with the U. S. Navy as a designated Naval Aviator stationed for 3 years in Rota, Spain flying Electronic Warfare Reconnaissance with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2). During that time be became designated Electronic Warfare Aircraft Commander (EWAC) in both the EC-121 and EP-3E aircraft.
Dr. Hintz' is currently funded for a third year by the Naval Postgraduate School under a contract "Cross-Domain Pseudo-Sensor For Enhanced Orchestrated Resource Management (ORM)".
Dr. Hintz' recently developed a patented method for pre-shot detection of barreled weapons based on his recent discovery of cavity induced modulation (CIM) which is being implemented by FirstGuard Technology under a $2.3M contract.
He has also developed methods for syntactic pattern recognition applied to ground penetrating radar images for landmine detection and classification ( His other research interests are in X-ray, thermal, and visual, image processing. He is also analyzing data based on his Spring 2009 sabbatical “Analysis Of Trace Metals And Nutrients In Coral Reef Water Samples” (

Possible Advisee Scholarly Paper Topics

  1. Dynamic Bayes nets for Situation Assessement and Sensor Management
  2. Technical means for in situ electronic measurements of coral reef ecological
  3. Sensor management and scheduling systems.
  4. Automated seawater alkalinity measurement device

Possible Senior Design Project Topics

THELMA: Continuation the development of an iPhone App to integrate sensor information on sea turtle nesting beaches and upload to a URL for analysis and plotting of light pollution. (Turtle Habitat Environment Light Monitoring App)


Semester Catalog Course Room Lecture Times Syllabus
Spring 2018 ECE 301 Digital Electronics David King Hall 1006 TR: 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Spring 2018 ECE 301-002 Digital Electronics Planetary Hall 131 MW: 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

MS and PhD Theses

Author Title Thesis Link Program Defense Datesort ascending
Charankar, Nikita Landmine Detection Architectures And Their Implementation on FPGA Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Friday, March 26, 2010
Wright, James C. Pattern Recognition Implementation Comparison with Applications for Mine Detection in GPR Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Glass, Gil Efficient Hardware Implementations of Gray Code Arithmetic Master of Science in Computer Engineering Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Senior Design Projects

Group Members Title Selected Deliverables Semester
E. Appiah, K. Cepeda, S. Gutierrez, and J. Rambeloson Image Tracking Device Fall 2017
B. McCall, P. Patel, R. Shah, A. Toughiry, and J. Williams ASTRA: Active Shooter Tactical Response Assistant Spring 2017
Ben McCall, Puja Patel, Rohini Shah, Aryan Toughiry, Joel Williams ASTRA: Active Shooter Tactical Response Assistant Spring 2017

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