Nicholas A. O'Donoughue

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Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in computer engineering, Villanova University


Nicholas O'Donoughue is an engineer at RAND. He is a radar signal processing expert with experience in algorithm development and systems analysis of airborne and spaceborne ISR systems, particularly concerning electronic warfare.

From 2012-2015, O'Donoughue was employed in the Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, during which time he co-taught several iterations of the Build Your Own Radar courses at MIT and designed and taught a course on Radar Signal Processing at Tufts University.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the IEEE Control Systems Society, and member of both Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

O'Donoughue received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Villanova University in 2006. He completed his M.S. and PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

Selected Publications

O'Donoughue, N; Moura, J.M.F., "Gaussian Target Detection in Multipath Clutter with Single-Antenna Time Reversal," Transactions on Signal Processing, 61(15), 2013

O'Donoughue, N; Moura, J.M.F., "On the Product of Independent Complex Gaussian Random Variables," Transactions on Signal Processing, 60(3), 2012

Jin, Yi; Moura, J.M.F.; O'Donoughue, N, "Time Reversal in Multi-Input Multi-Output Radar," Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 4(1), 2010

Jeff Hagen, David Blancett, Michael Bohnert, Shuo-Ju Chou, Amado Cordova, Thomas Hamilton, Alexander C. Hou, Sherrill Lingel, Colin Ludwig, Christopher Lynch, Muharrem Mane, Nicholas A. O’Donoughue, Daniel M. Norton, Ravi Rajan, and William Stanley, Needs, Effectiveness, and Gap Assessment for Key A-10C Missions, RAND (RR-1724/1-AF), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Dean Robert Lynch Award (2006), Villanova University Engineering Alumni Society
  • Best Student Paper (2008), 42nd Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers
  • Best Student Paper, Structural Acoustics and Vibrations Track (2009), 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America