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Mark Mahon

Teaching Professor


  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

W209 A Westgate Building


Research Areas:

Communications, Information Theory, and Coding over Networked Systems; Network and Mobile Systems; Security and Privacy

Interest Areas:

Mobile communications and computer systems including networks, protocols, and applications, security for wireless networks, geolocation, wideband signal processing, machine learning. Undergraduate academic advisor.




  • BS, Electronics Engineering/Physics, University of Scranton, 1987
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
  • Ph D, Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, 2001


Journal Articles

  • Swanson C Swanson, Mark P Mahon, David E Norris, T. Douglas M andst, , 2017, "Atmospheric Multipath Resolution Using Spread Spectrum Acoustic Signals", Proceeding of Meetings on Acoustics, pp. 12
  • T. Douglas Mast, David C. Swanson and Mark P Mahon, 1997, "Resolution of Multipath Outdoor Sound Propagation Using Spread Spectrum Signals", Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 101, (5)
  • Mark P Mahon, Leon H Sibul and Hector Valenzuela, 1993, "A Sliding Window Update for the Basis Matrix of the QR Decomposition", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 41, (5), pp. 3

Conference Proceedings

  • Kristina Wheatman, Fidan Mehmeti, Mark P Mahon, Thomas F Laporta and Guohong Cao, 2020, "Multi-User Competitive Energy-Aware and QoE-Aware Video Streaming on Mobile Devices", ACM Proceedings of the QoS and Security for Wireless and Mobile Networks (Q2SWiNet) Symposium, pp. 10
  • Kristina Wheatman, Fidan Mehmeti, Mark P Mahon and Thomas F Laporta, 2020, "Optimal Resource Allocation for Crowdsourced Image Processing", IEEE International Conference on Sensing and Networking (IEEE SECON 2020), pp. 9
  • Jeff Aquaviva, Mark P Mahon, Bruce Einfalt and Thomas F Laporta, 2017, "Optimal Cyber-Defense Strategies for Advanced Persistent Threats: A Game Theoretic Approach", 2017 IEEE 36th Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS), pp. 6
  • Mark P Mahon, Allan G Sonsteby and Rosemary Wenchel, 1999, "Application of Non-Orthogonal Wavelets for Geolocation", Radiolocation and Direction Finding Symposium, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA, pp. 5
  • L F Myers and Mark P Mahon, 1998, "A Java-based Information System for Wayside Sensing and Control", Proceedings of the 1998 ASME/IEEE Joint Railroad Conference, pp. 12
  • David C Swanson, T Douglas Mast and Mark P Mahon, 1997, "Atmospheric Multipath Resolution Using Spread Spectrum Acoustic Signals", Proceedings on the Meetings of Acoustics, Proceedings of the 133rd Meeting of the ASA
  • Mark P Mahon and David C Swanson, 1995, "Acoustic Holography as an Active Control Measurement Tool", INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings, Institue of Noise Control Engineering, pp. 11
  • Mark P Mahon, Leon H Sibul and Hector Valenzuela, 1991, "An Alternative Updating Scheme for the QR Algorithm as Applied to Adaptive Beamforming", IEEE Information Theory Society, pp. 6

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Distributed Ledger Society, January 2019
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Advise small groups participating in AI Challenge, AI Challenge, January 2018
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, HackPSU, August 2017
  • Committee Work, Member, ABET/Assessment, September 2017
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Co-Advisor, IEEE ACM, September 2017

Service to External Organizations:




The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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