Pete McCoy, Ph. D., Math Department

About me

Brief Research Biography

My research interests are in Electromagnetics and related Computational and Approximation methods. I have over 60 publications and have made numerous presentations. I have organized and chaired many sessions, special sessions and minisymposia on partial differential equations and their applications at national meetings of the American Mathematical Society and of the Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics. I received research support from the Radar Division, Naval Research Laboratory (Radar Analysis & Target Characteristics), Washington, D.C., Summers FY 1992-1998. I was funded by the ONR, Code 313, Antennas, Propagation and Electromagnetic Interactions, Summer 1999. I was funded by the Materials Science and Technology Division (Directed Energy Effects), Naval Research Laboratory, Summer FY 2000. Support for Summers FY 2001 and 2002 was through ONR's Applied Analysis Program (H-Infinity Methods for Antennas and Electromagnetic Systems DRI). FY 03-05 funding was through the DOD-Navy High Energy Laser/Free Energy Laser Modeling and Simulation Program under the JTO. The FEL is being designed as a weapon for the Navy's new all-electric ship DD(X).

My research activities include applications of Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions in the area of electromagnetics and Signal Processing. I am also interested in the application of Wavelets to Image Reconstruction and Electromagnetic Scattering. I peer review for the American Mathematical Reviews in the areas of Wavelets, Signal Processing, and Hele-Shaw Flow (over 160 articles and books). I frequently review for Zentralblatt fur Mathematik in the areas of Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions, Signal and Image Processing, and Electromagnetics. I referee for the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, National Academy of Sciences (Cobase Grants) and consult for the Office of Naval Research.

In 1989, I was awarded the Alumni Association Civilian Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. This is an academy wide competition among all faculty. I was also awarded Researcher of the Year by the Academic Dean and Provost, the Department of the Navy medal for exceptionally meritorious service and I was a member of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1998.

I have been onboard or underway on over 40 vessels covering virtually every class of ships in the U.S. Navy. I have made site visits to numerous laboratories and government facilities.


  • President of the Washington-Baltimore Section of the Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) which includes NOVA, DC, MD & SoDE). The Wash-Balto section has a mailing list of 1,000 and is SIAM's second most active section. Program Director of the SIAM Special Interest Activities Group on Orthogonal Polynomials & Special Functions.
  • Senator at Large for the Math-Science Division, Faculty Senate, and a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Professional Memberships:

  • The Society for Industry & Applied Mathematics, and, SIAM Orthogonal Polynomials & Special Functions and Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
  • Directed Energy Professional Society .
  • American Mathematical Society

Additional Memberships

  • U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association (Faculty Associate Member)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Alumni (Phoenix Society Founder Member)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Foundation
  • Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michael's, MD

"Each morning in Africa a gazelle awakes and knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or be killed. And each morning a lion awakes and knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or starve to death. It doesn't matter if you're a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up you'd better be running."  Herb Caen.

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