Associate Teaching Professor of ECE, Lecturer of Music
Thomas M. Sullivan, Associate Teaching Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in the areas of signal processing for audio and music systems and the creation of new musical instruments. He teaches courses in the areas of electronic circuits, signal processing, and electro-acoustics and is active in course development for audio engineering and in promoting audio engineering through his many students at Carnegie Mellon. He also oversees independent student research projects in these areas. Sullivan has taught sound recording in the Dept. of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and co-teaches sound recording here at Carnegie Mellon during the summer session.
An amateur rock and jazz guitarist, Sullivan is quite interested in gadgetry for the electric guitar, most notably hexaphonic processing of the instrument. Sullivan received his masters degree from MIT with the (then) Music and Cognition group in the MIT Media Lab and his PhD from the ECE Dept. here at Carnegie Mellon (with Prof. Stern as his thesis advisor). He has also worked with sound and light for a variety of art sculptures and installations.