Purnima Ratilal Makris

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University

Dana Research Center, Rm 422, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

E-Mail purnima(at)ece.neu.edu
Group Laboratory for Ocean Acoustics and Ecosystem Sensing ( website )


Education | Awards | Students | Teaching | Previous Work Experience  |  Selected Publications




  • Ph.D. in Acoustics, Department of Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • B.Sc.(Hons.) in Physics, National University of Singapore, 1994

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Awards and Honours

  • Ocean Research Advisory Panel member (2023-presnt)
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (2014)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2007
  • ONR Young Investigator Award (2007)
  • R. Bruce Lindsay Award (2006)
  • MIT T. Francis Ogilvie Young Investigator Lectureship in Ocean Engineering (2006)
  • ONR Postdoctoral Award in Ocean Acoustics (2002-2004)
  • Young Investigator Keynote Address, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) 75th Anniversary Celebration, New York (May, 2004)
  • Best Student Paper Awards, Acoustical Society of America Meetings
  • DSO National Laboratories Graduate Scholarship, Singapore (1998)



  • Current Graduate Students : Matthew Schinault, Sai Geetha Seri, Max Radermacher, Arpita Ghosh, Saunak Samantray
  • Former Ph.D. Students : Dr. Mark Andrews (PhD 2009), Dr. Zheng "Roger" Gong (PhD 2012), Dr. Duong Tran (PhD 2014), Dr. Wei Huang (PhD 2017), Dr. Delin Wang (PhD 2017), Dr. Heriberto Garcia (PhD 2018), Dr. Chenyang Zhu (PhD 2020), Dr. Hamed Mohebbi-Kalkhoran (PhD 2022)
  • Current or Former M.Sc. Students : Ninos Donabed (M.Sc. 2006), Ameya Galinde (M.Sc. 2007), Alexander Bohn (M.Sc. 2016), Fan Wu (M.Sc. 2013), David Reed (M.Sc. 2012), Hari Chauhan (M.Sc. 2011), Anthony Britton (M.Sc. 2023), Paras Varshnay (M.Sc. 2024), Udit Sankhadasariya (M.Sc. 2024)
  • Current or Former B.Sc. Student (Funded Researchers) : Daniel Cocuzzo (B.Sc. 2008), Saumitro DasGupta (B.Sc. 2010), Alexander Zorn (B.Sc. 2014), Michael Potter (B.Sc. 2019), Trenton Couture (B.Sc. 2019), Seth Penna (B.Sc. 2020), Anna Kaplan (B.Sc. 2020), Anthony Britton (B.Sc. 2022), Jesse Segel (B.Sc. 2024)
  • Former Postdoctoral Associates : Dr. Elizabeth Kusel (2007-2008), Dr. Mark Andrews (2009)

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  • EECE 5697 - Acoustics and Sensing/Wave Based Remote Sensing and Imaging (Combined Graduate/Undergraduate course)
  • EECE 7203 - Complex Variables and Differential Equations (Graduate)
    Calculus course on integration of complex functions and solution methods for partial differential equations.
  • EECE 3468 - Probability, Noise and Stochastic Processes (Undergraduate)
  • EECE 2520 - Fundamentals of Linear Systems (Undergraduate)
  • EECE 2150 - Circuits and Signals: Biomed Apps (Undergraduate)
  • GEU111 - High Tech Tools and Toys Lab (Undergraduate)
    Introduction to computing in Matlab and C++. Introduction to lab instrumentation and basics of remote sensing experimentation with ultrasound.

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Previous Work Experience

  • Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Department of Ocean Engineering (2002-2004)
    Conducted 2 major experiments and research under the ONR-sponsored Acoustic Clutter (Geoclutter) Program to examine the dominant source of long range sonar clutter in continental shelf environments.
  • Research Engineer at DSO National Laboratories, Singapore (1994-1998)
    Examined the characteristics of sound propagation in shallow waters. Conducted experiments and modelling to study the impact of the environment on sound propagation. Also investigated various inverse methods to recover properties of the environment through match field processing and travel time inversions.

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Selected Journal Publications:


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