Timothy J. Schulz

Timothy J. Schulz


  • University Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • DSC, Electrical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, California State University, Long Beach


Schulz earned a BS in electrical engineering from California State University-Long Beach in 1985, an ME in electrical engineering from University of Southern California in 1987, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Washington University, St. Louis in 1990.

He came to Michigan Tech in 1992 as an assistant professor, earned an NSF CAREER Award in 1995, and in 1999 became chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Under his leadership, the ECE Department developed a new BS degree in Computer Engineering and tripled the size of its PhD program. In August 2007, Schulz was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, and returned to the ECE Department in August 2012 as a professor. In 2019 he was awarded the title of University Professor.

Schulz is a fellow in SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, and has authored more than 60 book chapters, journal publications and conference proceedings. He currently serves as topical editor for Applied Optics and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. In his research, Schulz applies statistical signal-processing techniques to computational imaging and signal analysis. His methods have been used to clarify images from the Hubble Space Telescope and to miniaturize high-quality cameras for military surveillance and commercial applications. Shortly after the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, Schulz applied image processing methods to de-blur and improve images taken with the flawed telescope.

His work has been widely published, and he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on approximately $5 million in funding from agencies such as NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Army Night Vision Laboratory and other government agencies. In addition, Schulz has served as technical consultant to Centice, MZ Associates, General Dynamics, Trex Enterprises, Lockheed Martin, and the Institute for Defense Analysis. He as worked as a research engineer for the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, and as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company.

Areas of Interest

  • Statistical signal processing