Professor of Oceanography

William Kuperman is a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and director of the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps. He was selected as a Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Chair for Ocean Science.

His research, which is both experimental and theoretical, focuses on ocean acoustics and signal processing. Much of his recent research has concerned time-reversal acoustics and using ambient noise for geophysical imaging.

Born in New York City, Kuperman received a B.S. in physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, an M.S. in physics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland. He has previously held research positions with the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.), the SACLANT Undersea Research Center (La Spezia, Italy), and the Naval Ocean and Atmosphere Research Laboratory at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (Mississippi).

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Geophysical Union, and a fellow and former president of the Acoustical Society of America, which awarded him its Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal. He also has received a Special Achievement Award from the National Defense Industrial Association.

Kuperman has served on the editorial boards of several scientific publications, including the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a coauthor of the textbook Computational Ocean Acoustics.

Last updated July 2006