Luke K. Rumbaugh

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
All FacultyElectrical & Computer Engineering

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2045

Luke K. Rumbaugh


  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clarkson University 
  • M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clarkson University 
  • B.S.E.E. Grove City College 

Areas of Research

  • 3D imaging using conventional cameras, depth cameras, and lidar
  • Underwater optics and particle scattering
  • Radar for monitoring biological signals
  • Fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers
  • Semiconductor laser dynamics


  • ELEE 431 Communications Systems
  • ELEE 251 Circuits laboratory
  • COMP 342 Data Communications and Networking
  • ELEE 401 Senior Design
  • Directed studies in 3D vision, digital signal processing, and electromagnetic simulation of particle scattering

What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed? 
Student success usually comes shortly after the student chooses to own the problem at hand.

Selected Publications 

  • “Spatial coherence filtering for scatter rejection in underwater laser systems,” Proc. SPIE vol 11014, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XI (2019)
  • “Mixed numerical and analytical method for investigating orbital angular momentum beam scattering in turbid water,” Optical Engineering vol 58 no. 4 (2019)
  • "Underwater object detection performance of a chaotically modulated laser rangefinder,” Proc. SPIE vol 10631, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring X (2018)
  • "An underwater chaotic lidar sensor based on synchronized blue laser diodes.” Proc. SPIE vol 9827, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VIII (2016)
  • "A wideband noise-like transmitter approach for underwater lidar using diode lasers and passive fiber optic processors,” Proc. IEEE Oceans 2015 (runner-up, Student Poster Competition)
  • "A 532 nm chaotic lidar transmitter for high resolution underwater ranging and imaging,” Proc. Oceans 2013 (runner-up, Student Poster Competition)