Kathleen Wage

This is a headshot of Kathleen Wage in a purple shirt and gray suit for her faculty profile at George Mason University.
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1579
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3217
Mail Stop: 1G5

Personal Websites

Biography

Kathleen Wage’s research is a multi-disciplinary synthesis of array processing, acoustics, and oceanography. Her current work applies random matrix theory to problems in sonar signal processing and underwater acoustic propagation. Other recent projects explored the design of sparse arrays for underwater environments and investigated ambient noise in the deep ocean. Much of Dr. Wage's research incorporates real data from ocean experiments. During her career she has spent over 100 days on research ships in the North Pacific and Philippine Sea. She has a consistent record of funding that includes an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator award (2005) and an ONR Ocean Acoustics Entry-Level Faculty Award (2002).

Dr. Wage is passionate about teaching and incorporates active learning in all her courses. In collaboration with John Buck she developed the Signals and Systems Concept Inventory (SSCI), a standardized exam designed to measure conceptual understanding of linear systems. In 2016 she received the Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society and Hewlett-Packard for “championing active learning, developing an internationally recognized assessment instrument, and cultivating a sustainable and supportive environment for female engineering faculty”. She also received the John Toups Presidential Medal for Excellence in Teaching from George Mason University in 2019 and the Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award from the IEEE Education Society in 2008.

She has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (2005-2019) and chair of the IEEE Underwater Acoustic Signal Processing Workshop (2013-2017). Dr. Wage is a member of the IEEE, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Geophysical Union, and Sigma Xi.

Research

2018-2021: Random Matrix Theory Analysis of Adaptive Beamformers. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Undersea Signal Processing Program.

2015-2017: Adaptive Beamforming and Random Matrix Theory. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Undersea Signal Processing Program.

2015-2017: Deep Water Acoustic Scattering and Noise. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program.

2013-2017: Co-Prime Sensor Array Signal Processing. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge Program.

2009-2012: Stochastic Eigen-Analysis for Adaptive Array Processing. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Undersea Signal Processing Program.

2009-2012: Mode Processing and Tomography for the Philippine Sea Experiment. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program.

2005-2010: The Signals and Systems Concept Inventory. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

2005-2008: Design of Robust Adaptive Array Processors for Non-Stationary Ocean Environments. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program.

2002-2005: Stochastic Models and Robust Estimation for Broadband Acoustic Mode Signals. Funded by the Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program Entry-Level Faculty Award.

Research Interests

Signal and Array Processing, Underwater Acoustics, and Engineering Education.

Degrees

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee