Kelly C. Seals, Ph.D., P.E., Captain, USCG
Captain Kelly Seals is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and former Section Chief and Program Chair for Electrical Engineering and Cyber Systems at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He also received a Certificate in College Teaching from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium now known as the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts.
CAPT Seals joined the faculty at USCGA in 2004 and was selected as a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff in 2009. His research focuses on the use of satellite navigation systems in challenging or deceptive radio frequency environments. While at the Academy, he has enjoyed sailing as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard tall ship EAGLE and as a safety officer for the offshore sailing team, the summer ocean racing program, and the coastal sail training leadership development program.
Prior to joining the Coast Guard Academy faculty, CAPT 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.
- Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- Communication Systems
- Antennas and Propagation (Electromagnetics)
- Capstone Project Advisor
- Digital Signal Processing
- Signals, Systems, and Transforms
- Analog Circuits
- Digital Circuits
- Differential Equations
- 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 and 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.
- American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Institute of Navigation (ION)
- Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut