Peder C. Pedersen, Ph.D.

Research Work

I have enjoyed – and certainly been challenged by – my research activities in medical ultrasound. It has been a rewarding challenge to develop new technologies or employ existing ones to make ultrasound systems useable anywhere and by anyone with a modest training, and to develop image communication networks to hospitals. Moreover, ultrasound research offers the opportunity to combine several fields: acoustics, communication and signal processing from electrical and computer engineering; anatomy and physiology from medicine; and fluid dynamics, optimization and wave propagation from physics and mathematics.


I grew up on a farm in Denmark, where I after high school did flight radar and flight simulator work in the Danish Air Force. Following that, I studied Electrical Engineering and then worked for a year as a designer of research instrumentation. From 1972 to 1976, I was a PhD student in the Bioengineering Dept. at Univ. of Utah. From 1976 on, I taught at Drexel University in Philadelphia and was active with biomedical ultrasound research. Finally, in 1987, I came to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition to research and teaching, I am Center Director for the Copenhagen IQP Project Center.


I enjoy outdoors activities, such as hiking and skiing and trail building efforts. As an avocation, I am very interested in environmental preservation, biodiversity, sustainable development, and equitable distribution of resources.