Professor Robert C. Waag


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Career
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York:
August 1969 to June 1975: Assistant Professor
July 1975 to May 1985: Associate Professor
June 1985 to present: Professor
December 1994 to present: Arthur Gould Yates Professor of Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science and (1973 to date) Department of Radiology, School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Education
Ph.D. in Communications Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 1965.
M.S. in General Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, January 1963.
B.E.E. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 1961.

Honors
For presentation of analysis of a new detector for magnetic flux density measurements.
58th Scientific Assembly and Meeting
Magna Cum Laude Scientific Exhibit Award for “Cine Ultrasound Cardiography".
61st Scientific Assembly and Meeting
Magna Cum Laude Scientific Exhibit Award for “Tissue Macrostructure from Ultrasound Scattering".
National Heart and Lung Institute Career Development Award
Best paper in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, v 11, “Doppler Ultrasound in Orifice Flow".
Senior U.S. Scientist Award for research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany.

University of Paris VII, Paris, France: Jan – Feb 1991.
Visiting Professor

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan: Sept – Nov 1991.
Visiting Professor

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine: 1992.
Joseph H. Holms Pioneer Award

Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine: 1994.
Kakuchi prize for best paper in Japanese Journal of Medical Ultrasonics, v 20, “Basic investigation of the relationship between the quality of b-mode image and the propagation time of the pulse experienced examination of the human abdominal wall specimens”.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Oct 1999 – Jan 2000.
Senior U.S. Scientist Award for research at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität, Duisburg, Germany.

Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chemie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France: April 2000. Visiting Professor

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
Societies: (1972-84), Sr. Member (1984), Fellow (1985) with service
Executive Board (1974-77)
Committee on Project Development (1977-79)
Instrumentation Program Chairman (1978-79)
Co-Chairman of AIUM-JSUM (Japanese Society of Ultrasound in Medicine Meeting) (1978)
Central Program Chairman, (1979-82)
Scientific Program Chairman, (1980-82)
Basic Science Section Chairman, (1983-84)

Member: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) (1963-83), Sr. Member (1983), Fellow (1990) belonging to Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, & Frequency Control Society and Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society with service
Chairman of Rochester Section Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (1972-73, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1989-93)
Chairman of Medical Imaging Technical Activities Committee (1987-93)
Administrative Committee (1980-83)
Chairman of Medical Imaging Committee (1980-83)
Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Program
Evaluator for Biomedical Engineering (1986-90)
Member and Chairman of Steering Committee for
Transactions on Medical Imaging (1989-93)

Member: Acoustical Society of America (1982-91) Fellow (1991)

Research Interests
Research in acoustic propagation, scattering, and imaging to characterize tissue, materials, and submerged objects for improved medical diagnosis, nondestructive evaluation, and sonar operation, respectively. Courses taught: communications, acoustics, electronics, signal processing, and computer engineering.

Recent Journal Publications
Estimation and correction of ultrasonic wavefront distortion using pulse-echo data received in a two-dimensional aperture: Liu, D.-L., and Waag, R. C. IEEE Trans. on Ultras. Ferro. and Freq. Contr. 45(2):473-490 (1998).

Measurements of differential scattering cross section using a ring transducer: Jansson, T. T., Mast, T. D., and Waag, R. C. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 103(6):3169-3179 (1998).

The effect of abdominal wall morphology on ultrasonic pulse distortion. Part I: Measurements: Hinkelman, L. M., Mast, T. D., Metlay, L. A., and Waag, R. C. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 104(6):3635-3649 (1998).

The effect of abdominal wall morphology on ultrasonic pulse distortion. Part II: Simulations: Hinkelman, L. M., Mast, T. D., Orr, M. J., and Waag, R. C. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 104(6):3651-3664 (1998).

Simulation of ultrasonic pulse propagation, distortion, and attenuation in the human chest wall: Mast, T. D., Hinkelman, L. M., Metlay, L. A., Orr, M. J., and Waag, R C. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 106(6):3665-3677(1999).

Quantitative imaging using a time-domain eigenfunction method: Lin, Feng, Nachman, A. I., and Waag, R. C. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 108(3):899-912(2000).

A k-space Method for Large-Scale Models of Wave Propagation in Tissue. D.-L. Liu, T.D. Mast, A.I. Nachman, L.P. Souriau, M. Tabei and R.C. Waag. IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelec., Freq. Cntrl. 48(2):341-354 ('01).

Time-Shift Estimation and Focusing Through Distributed Aberration Using Multirow Arrays: J.C. Lacefield, and R.C. Waag. IEEE Trans. Ultras. Ferro, Freq. Contr. 48(6):1606-1624 ('01).

A k-Space Method for Coupled First-Order Acoustic Propagation Equations: M. Tabei, T.D. Mast, and R.C. Waag. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 111(1):53-63 ('02).

Distributed Aberrators for Emulation of Ultrasonic Pulse Distortion by Abdominal Wall: J.C. Lacefield, W.C. Pilkington, and R.C. Waag. Acous. Res. Lett. On-Line. 3(2):47-52 ('02).

Estimation and Compensation of Ultrasonic Wavefront Distortion Using a Blind System Identification Method: F. Lin, and R.C. Waag. IEEE Trans. Ultras. Ferro. Freq. Contr. 49(6):739-754 ('02).

Sphere Division: A.W. Kedzierawski, and R.C. Waag. New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal. 52(2):94-97 ('02).

Spatial Coherence Analysis Applied to Aberration Correction Using a Two-Dimensional Array System: J.C. Lacefield and R.C. Waag. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Accepted.

Examples of Design Curves for Multirow Arrays Used with Time-Shift Compensation. J.C. Lacefield and R.C. Waag. IEEE Trans. Ultras. Ferro. Freq. Contr. 49(9):1340-1344 ('02).

Simulation of Ultrasonic Focus Aberration and Correction through Human Tissue. M. Tabei, T.D. Mast, and R.C. Waag. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Submitted.

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