Purnima Ratilal Makris

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University

302 Stearns Center, Rm 312, 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115, USA

Phone 1-617-373-8458
Fax 1-617-373-8627
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

  • 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 : Delin Wang, Wei Huang, Heriberto Garcia, Alexander Bohn
  • Former Students : Dr. Mark Andrews (PhD. 2009), Dr. Zheng "Roger" Gong (PhD. 2012), Dr. Duong Tran (PhD. 2014), Ninos Donabed (M.Sc., 2006) , Ameya Galinde (M.Sc., 2007), Fan Wu (M.Sc. 2013), David Reed (M.Sc. 2012), Hari Chauhan (M.Sc. 2011), Daniel Cocuzzo (B.Sc., 2008), Saumitro DasGupta (B.Sc. 2010)
  • Former Postdoctoral Associates : Dr. Elizabeth Kusel (2007-2008), Dr. Mark Andrews (2009)

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  • ECE G398 - Wave Based Remote Sensing and Imaging/Acoustic Sensing and Imaging (Graduate)
  • ECE 7203 - Complex Variables and Differential Equations
    Graduate level calculus course on integration of complex functions and solution methods for partial differential equations.
  • ECE 3468 - Probability, Noise and Stochastic Processes (Undergraduate)
  • ECE 3464 - Linear Systems (Undergraduate)
  • GE U111 - High Tech Tools and Toys Lab
    Undergraduate level course offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University (2004).
    The course is an introduction to computing in Matlab and C++ that also introduces students to the basics of remote sensing with experiments conducted using 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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