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

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