Marco La Manna

Washington, DC · mlamanna [AT] mtu [DOT] edu

Researcher in the field of signal processing with 8 years of experience, hands-on attitude and project manager skills. Team player, effective communicator and able to work in cross-functional teams.

Research and project management experience

Senior research engineer

KMB Telematics Inc. (Arlington, VA)

I am currently developing signal processing algorithms for automotive radar projects and I am in charge of data analysis (simulated & experimental). Moreover, I am planning tasks, identifying milestones and potential roadblocks for the project success. I am constantly collaborating with signal processing, software and RF/hardware engineers.

Jun. 2019 - Present

Research associate

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)

In the Computational Optics group (Principal investigator: Prof. Andreas Velten), I was involved in the non-line-of-sight imaging project, funded by the DARPA REVEAL contract. I was in charge of the signal processing aspect of the hardware prototype, i.e. data acquisition and data analysis. I also upgraded (optical components) and improved (sped up acquisition by 60x) the prototype. Furthemore, I derived an iterative imaging method based on backprojection and algebraic reconstruction techniques, qualitatively improving results over non-iterative methods.

I collaborated with multiple researchers from US (UW-Madison, Carnegie Mellon) and European (UniZar, PoliMi, ISL) institutions, resulting in 7 co-authored manuscripts published in top-tier publications. I also successfully co-authored a proposal that was submitted to the Draper Technology Innovation Fund (a University of Wisconsin - Madison internal fund). In the end, I have supervised and mentored 4 students in the group (2 undergraduate, 2 graduate).

Oct. 2016 - May 2019

Research assistant (graduate)

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

Working with Prof. Dan Furhmann, I derived the analytical Cramer-Rao Lower bound for a hybrid MIMO-phased array radar, a novel radar architecture. I also analyzed and implemented a novel sparse algorithm based on a divide-and-conquer approach (US NSF sponsored project). As a result, I was able to publish 3 manuscripts and present part of my work to peer-reviewed, international conferences.

I was the recipient of the “Dave House graduate research fellowship” for 3 consecutive semesters.

Feb. 2012 - Aug. 2016

Visiting researcher (graduate)

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

I joined Prof. Dan Furhmann's research group for 6 months. I implemented a novel 2D target localization algorithm for distributed MIMO radar and evaluated its performance via MATLAB. This work led me to successfully write and defend my MS thesis.

Jan. 2011 - Jul 2011


Technical & Hardware
  • Radar signal processing (MIMO, Phased array, SAR, FMCW, Detection and estimation, Compressed sensing)
  • Computational imaging & image processing
  • Optics (Class 4 lasers, SPADs, APDs, passive components)

  • Python
  • C

Version control
  • Git
  • Bitbucket

  • OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • LaTeX


Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

PhD, Electrical Engineering
Relevant courses

Detection and estimation theory · Optimum array processing · Information theory · Introduction to algorithms

Feb. 2012 - Aug. 2016

University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

MS, Telecommunication Engineering
Relevant courses

Radar theory · Microwave engineering · Antenna theory · Image processing · Electrical and digital communications

Dec. 2008 - Sep. 2011

University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

BS, Telecommunication Engineering
Sep. 2005 - Dec. 2008


Click here to navigate to my Google Scholar page.

Teaching experience

Teaching assistant (Graduate)

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

For a few semesters, I have been a teaching assistant for an undergraduate class, called ''Circuits & Instrumentation''. It was a lab based class, where students learned basic circuit concepts through the use of breadboards, electrical components, test instruments and software simulations.

In 2014, I was awarded the Department of Electrical Engineering ''Jonathan Bara'' award for outstanding graduate teaching assistant.

Jan. 2013 - May 2014


  • 2016 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf) student travel grant
  • 2014-2016 Michigan Tech Dave House graduate research fellowship
  • 2015 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Honors Society)
  • 2014 Michigan Tech Electrical Engineering Department ''Jonathan Bara'' award for outstanding graduate teaching assistant


Having lived in the Upper Peninsula, I fell in love with ice hockey and started playing in low level leagues. I also enjoy playing tennis and -of course- soccer (or football, depending on which side of the world you are in!). Traveling and cooking are also hobbies I try to cultivate with my family.

I am a firm believer that learning is a never ending process. I therefore try to allocate time in learning new things outside my comfort zone. Examples include (but not limited to): learning a different foreign language or a new programming language. This website is an example of me digging into HTML and all the available templates & tools available on the internet.

Side Projects

Some repos coming soon!