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A. David WunschEmeritus Professor

Research Interests

Antennas engineering, antennas in plasma, antennas and propagation, electromagnetic engineering and theory, radio communication, radio frequency propagation, history of technology, line of transmission.

Education

  • Ph D, (1969), Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  • Sc M, (1962), Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  • BEE, (1961), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

Biography

A. David Wunsch was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in its Flatbush neighborhood. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell and later earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he was a student in the Antenna Group directed by Professor R.W.P. King. Wunsch has spent most of his professional life at UMass Lowell where he is now Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus. In 1995 he began offering “Principles and History of Radio,” a course geared for liberal arts majors, described in the article: Electrical Engineering for the Liberal Arts: Radio and Its History. Wunsch serves as book review editor of the IEEE magazine, Technology and Society and has authored the textbooks: “Complex Variables with Applications” (Pearson), currently in its third edition, and “A MATLAB Companion to Complex Variables” (Taylor and Francis). In 2017, the American Wireless Association Review published his article Paradigm Lost: Nikola Tesla's True Wireless. Wunsch recently rebuilt the Heathkit oscilloscope that he originally constructed in 1957. He is also an avid photographer, who shares his work on Flickr and published a selection of his photographs in the tome: "A. David Wunsch American Photographs 1964-2014."

Selected Publications

  • Wunsch, D. (2017) "Paradigm Lost : Nikola Tesla's True Wireless.," American Wireless Association Review 30: pp. pp 1-29
  • Wunsch, D. (2016) "A MATLAB Companion to Complex Variables," Taylor & Francis
  • Wunsch, D. (2014) "A Review of Selected Asymptotic Methods in Electromagnetic Theory , by G. Fikioris, et. al," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine 56:6 pp. 178-9
  • Wunsch, D. (2014) "A Review of Selected Asymptotic Methods in Electromagnetic Theory, by G. Fikioris, et. al," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine 56:6 pp. 178 - 179
  • Wunsch, D. (2014) "A Review of User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies From Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers By Joseph J. Corn. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press," IEEE Technology and Society magazine
  • Wunsch, D. (2013) "How the Hippies Saved Physics," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 32:2
  • Wunsch, D. (2012) "Sonic Persuasion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age," Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE 31:2
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "The Receiving Antenna: A Classroom Presentation," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine 53:4 pp. 179-187
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "A Review of User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies From Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers By Joseph J. Corn," Johns Hopkins University Press pp. 272 pages
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "Culture, Technology, Britannia: The BBC Handbooks," The Antique Wireless Review 24: pp. 55-74
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "Early FM Radio: Incremental Technology in Twentieth Century America," Journal of Radio and Audio Media 18: pp. 154-156
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "Radiation from a Strip of Electric Current in Magnetoinic Medium," Canadian Journal of Physics 45:5 pp. 1675-1691
  • Wunsch, D. (2011) "The Design Culture Reader," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine pp. 7-8
  • Wunsch, D. (2010) "Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future," echnology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future pp. 4-8
  • Wunsch, D. (2010) "Book Review: Technology and Society: Building Our Sociotechnical Future by Deborah G. Johnson and Jameson M. Wetmore, EDS. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press, 2009, 623 pages," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine pp. 4-8
  • Wunsch, D. (2009) "Mysterious Radio:Kipling and Cheever," Antenna 21:2
  • Wunsch, D. (2009) "Review of Radio and the Jews:The Untold Story of How Radio Influenced America's Image of Jews, 1920s-1950s. New York: Book Hunter Press," Journal of Radio and Audio Media 16:2
  • Wunsch, D. (2008) "Review of Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley by Stephen Usdin," Review of Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley by Stephen Usdin 27:5
  • Wunsch, D. (2008) "Review of The Digital Sublime: Myth Power and Cyberspace by Vincent Mosco," Review of The Digital Sublime: Myth Power and Cyberspace by Vincent Mosco 27:5
  • Wunsch, D. (2007) "Resolving a Paradox in the Teaching of Faraday's Law," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine 49:1 pp. 192-200
  • Wunsch, D. (2006) "Review of History of Wireless by T. Sarkar, R. Mailloux, A. Oliner, M. Salazar-Palma, D.L. Sengupta," Antenna, Newsletter of the Mercurians, Soc. for the History of Technology
  • Wunsch, D. (2006) "Review of The Human Built World by Thomas Hughes," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 25:2
  • Wunsch, D. (2006) "Review of Understanding Me by Marshall McLuhan," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 25:4
  • Wunsch, D. (2005) " Complex Variables with Applications. 3rd edition," Addison Wesley Publishers
  • Wunsch, D. (1998) "Electrical Engineering for the Liberal Arts: Radio and its History," IEEE Transactions on Education 41:4 pp. 320-324
  • Wunsch, D. (1998) "Misreading the Supreme Court: A Puzzling Chapter in the History of Radio," Antenna 11:1
  • Wunsch, D. (1998) "Loaded Monopole Antenna: Fourier Series and Admittance Coefficient Analysis," Electronics Letters 34:16 pp. 1537-1539
  • Wunsch, D., Hu, S. (1996) "A Closed-form Expression for the Driving-point Impedance of the Small Inverted L Antenna," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 44:2 pp. 236-242