Michael J. Buckingham is a Distinguished Professor, specializing in ocean acoustics, at the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Scripps, he was an Individual Merit Senior Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, U.K, during which time he served as the U.K. National Representative on the Scientific Committee of the Marine Science and Technology (MAST) Programme, Commission of European Communities, Brussels, Belgium. For two years, he was attached to the British Embassy as an exchange scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C. Dr. Buckingham has held Visiting Professor appointments in the Department of Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, U.K.. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Sonar, Hangzhou, China.

Dr. Buckingham is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Acoustics, and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is a co-founder of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee of the ASA, he recently served on the Executive Council of the ASA, and is an Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Computational Acoustics. Dr. Buckingham was the recipient of the Clerk Maxwell Premium from the Institute of Electrical and Radio Engineers, the A. B. Wood medal from the Institute of Acoustics, and has received a number of other awards for his research. He holds a private pilots certificate, single engine land, with instrument and glider ratings.