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ACADEMICS
LCDR KELLY C. SEALS, P.E.
Assistant Professor
Engineering Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

LCDR Kelly C. Seals received the B.S. degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1998 and the M.S. degree from Northeastern University in 2004, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also received a Certificate in College Teaching from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium in 2008. 

In 2004, LCDR Seals joined the faculty at USCGA and, in 2009, was selected as a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff. His research focuses on the use of satellite navigation systems in challenging radio frequency environments. While at the Academy, he has enjoyed sailing as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the tall ship Eagle and as a safety officer for both the offshore sailing team and the summer ocean racing program. 

Prior to joining the USCGA faculty, LCDR Seals earned a Second Mate of Steam and Motor Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans merchant marine license after serving aboard two Coast Guard ships. He served as the Executive Officer of the patrol-boat Wrangell out of Portland, Maine. While stationed aboard the icebreaker Polar Star in Seattle, Washington, he was the Communications Officer and made two deployments to Antarctica and one to the Arctic. 

Education:
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2004
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1998

Courses Taught:
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Signals, Systems, and Transforms
  • Digital Circuits
  • Acoustics
  • Electric Circuits and Machines
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Statics and Engineering Design
  • Fourth Class Experience (Freshman Seminar)

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • K. C. Seals, W. R. Michalson, P. F. Swaszek, and R. J. Hartnett, “Using Both GPS L1 C/A and L1C: Strategies to Improve Acquisition Sensitivity,” Proceedings of the 26th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, September 2013.
  • K. C. Seals, W. R. Michalson, “Semi-Coherent and Differentially Coherent Integration for GPS L1C Acquisition,” Proceedings of the Pacific Position, Navigation and Timing Conference of the Institute of Navigation, April 2013.
  • K. C. Seals, W. R. Michalson, P. F. Swaszek, and R. J. Hartnett, “Analysis of L1C Acquisition By Combining Pilot and Data Components Over Multiple Code Periods,” Proceedings of the 2013 International Technical Meeting of the Institute of Navigation, January 2013.
  • K. C. Seals, W. R. Michalson, P. F. Swaszek, and R. J. Hartnett, “Analysis of Coherent Combining for GPS L1C Acquisition,” Proceedings of the 25th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, September 2012.
  • K. Seals, T. Moyer, and G. Johnson, “Engineering Tomorrow's Leaders: A New Summer Program to Increase Interest in Engineering,” National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science & Technology Journal. Volume 11, Number 2, May 2006.
  • K. Seals and J. Russell, “A New Program to Increase High School Students’ Interest in Engineering,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2005.
  • D. Brady and K. Seals, “Source Design for Multipath Intensity Profile Estimation in Time-Varying Stationary Channels,” Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, Princeton, New Jersey, March 2004.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute of Navigation (ION)
  • Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut