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Richard G. Plumb

Richard PlumbRichard G. Plumb, Ph.D., a noted researcher on electromagnetics and ground-penetrating radar, was named Dean of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering on August 1, 2005. Plumb's research expertise is in electromagnetic scattering and ground-penetrating radar (GPR), a technology that holds significant promise in a number of military and civilian applications, including detection and location of underground bunkers and land mines as well as road construction and subsurface storage tank detection.

Prior to joining LMU, from 1998 through 2005, Plumb was professor and department chair in the T.J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SUNY Binghamton. From 1989 through 1998 he was an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Kansas. For the last year of his service in Kansas, he was acting director of the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Kansas Center for Research. Previous to his posts at Kansas, he was an assistant visiting professor at Syracuse University, where he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Plumb also has worked in private industry; from 1982 through 1986 serving as a program engineer in the Military Electronics Systems Operation of General Electric.

Plumb has been principal investigator for a variety of sponsored research projects, including GPR and other radar application investigations conducted with sponsorship of the US Army, NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Allied Signal Aerospace Company, and the Electric Power Research Institute. He has been a co-investigator of projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, Allied Signal, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, among others.

Plumb has taught in the areas of: electric circuits, electromagnetics, and radar systems.

Plumb has received numerous awards, including selection as a University of Kansas Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, receipt of the University of Kansas Miller Professional Award for Distinguished Service to Engineering Research, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Prize Paper Award for best publication in the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, and selection as an IEEE Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior.

Plumb is involved in several national and international engineering research and professional activities. He serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of the Engineering and Technology Engineering Accreditation Commission, is an accreditation workshop facilitator/coordinator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association, and is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Ground-Penetrating Radar Conference. In recent years, he has served as member and chair of IEEE's Educational Activities, Continuing Education Committee; and has been a member of IEEE's P2SB/TAB Electronics, Products and Service Committee. He has also been a guest editor of the Journal of Applied Geophysics and was general chairman of the Seventh International Conference on Ground-Penetrating Radar.