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George Mason University

Kenneth Hintz

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 703-993-1592 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 3230
    4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Kenneth J. Hintz received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1967 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Since 1987 he has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He designed and established the Bachelor and Masters in Computer Engineering Degree Programs at Mason which were approved by SCHEV in June 1998 and 1999, respectively. The undergraduate Computer Engineering degree program was the first in the Commonwealth to fully integrate hardware description languages (HDL) into the curriculum. 

Dr. Hintz holds 23 issued patents, 9 patents pending, is a Fellow of SPIE, a Senior Life Member of IEEE, and lead author on a book on Microcontrollers. 

Before joining Mason Hintz was with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va., working in electronic warfare and radar signal processing where he designed and built the AN/ULQ-16, variations of which are still in production. Prior to working at NSWC, he was with the U. S. Navy as a designated Naval Aviator stationed for three years in Rota, Spain flying Electronic Warfare Reconnaissance with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2). During that time be became designated Electronic Warfare Aircraft Commander (EWAC) in both the EC-121 and EP-3E aircraft. 

Hintz is currently funded by the Navy Postgraduate School under a grant "Automatic SIEV-Net Instantiation for Collection Planning and Execution by Orchestrated Resource Management (ORM)." 
He recently developed a patented method for pre-shot detection of barreled weapons based on his recent discovery of cavity induced modulation (CIM) which is being implemented by FirstGuard Technology under a $2.3M contract. 

He has also developed methods for syntactic pattern recognition applied to ground penetrating radar images for landmine detection and classification. His other research interests are in X-ray, thermal, and visual, image processing. He is also analyzing data based on his Spring 2009 sabbatical “Analysis Of Trace Metals And Nutrients In Coral Reef Water Samples” ( 


PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia (1981)

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia (1979)

BS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University (1967)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor


$150,661.00: Naval Postgraduate School, July 2015-July 2016, Award number N,00244-16-1-026, “Automatic SIEV-Net Instantiation for Collection Planning and Execution by ORM"

$152,283.62:  Naval Postgraduate School, May 2014 - July 2015, Award number N00244-15-1-0047, “Improving ORM utilizing Implicit Collaboration & Context Sensitive Fusion”


Research Interests

Digital Signal Processing, Statistical Signal Processing, Image and Video Processing, Bioengineering Signal Analysis, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Detection, Estimation and Tracking, Adaptive Signal Processing, Marine Environment Sensors