M. Keith Sharp, Sc.D., P.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
358 Belknap Research Building
Dr. Sharp's research interests include biofluid mechanics (esp. blood flow and cardiovascular modeling) and renewable and sustainable energy. He established and directs UofL's Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory (REAL). He is faculty advisor of UofL's student chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Engineers Without Borders.
Sc.D. in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987.
M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Colorado State University, 1978.
B.Sc. in mechanical engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1976.
Original appointment as associate professor - 2001.
Received tenure - 2005.
Promoted to Professor - 2006.
Portion of time committed to teaching - 50 percent.
Portion of time committed to research and scholarly activities - 40 percent.
Portion of time committed to institutional and professional service - 10 percent.
1988-2001, University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT. Research assistant professor, Dept. of Bioengineering (1999-2001). Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Bioengineering (1993-1999). Research assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (1989-2001). Assistant professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (1990-1998). Research assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering (1989-1990). Head of engineering services, Artificial Heart Research Laboratory (1988-1989).
1987-1988, instructor/research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
11985-1987, research assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
- Baker Process, "Manifold design," September 2000
- Ballard Medical, ventilator aspirator patent, 1998-2000
- Kennecott, "Smelter open channel flow," October 1996
- Becton-Dickinson, "Blood flow in catheters," March 1995
- Merit Medical, "Blood flow meter," February 1995
- Hughes-Christianson, "Flow visualization in drill bits," 1994-2000
- Applied Immune Sciences, "Blood treatment device," September 1992
- Westech, "Manifold design," August 1992
- Sarcos, "Miniature hydrophones," October 1991
- EDO Corporation, "Hydrodynamic drag on a towed device," September 1990
- Eimco, "Tank inlet/wave baffle," May 1990
- Eimco, "Sloped launder design," May 1990
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Colorado, 1981, License #18361.
Sharp, M.K., Richards, C.M., Gillars, K.J., Koenig, S.C. and Pantalos, G.M., "The Influence ff Mock Circulations Input Impedance on Valve Acceleration During In Vitro Cardiac Device Testing," ASAIO J, 54(4), 341-346, 2008.
Berson, R.E., Purcell, M.R. and Sharp, M.K., "Computationally Determined Shear on Cells Grown in Orbiting Culture Dishes," Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 614, 189-198, 2008.
Broskey, J and Sharp, MK, "Evaluation of Mechanisms of Postflight Orthostatic Intolerance with a Simple Cardiovascular System Model," Ann Biomed Eng, 35(10), 1800-1811, 2007.
Hooker, EA, Danzl, DF, O’Brien, D, Presley, M, Whitaker, G and Sharp, MK, "Percutaneous Transtracheal Ventilation: Resuscitation Bags Do Not Provide Adequate Ventilation," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 21(6), 431-5, 2006.
Pantalos, G.M., Sharp, M.K., Woodruff, S.J., O’Leary, S.D., Gillars, K.J., Schurfranz, T., Everett, S.D., Lemon, M., Schwartz, J. and Bennett, T.E., "The Effect of Gravitational Acceleration on Cardiac Diastolic Function: A Biofluid Mechanical Perspective with Initial Results," Curr Pharm Biotechnol, 6(4), 331-41, 2005.
Scientific and Professional Societies
- Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Honors and Awards
- College of Engineering commendation for excellence in teaching, spring 1996
- College of Engineering commendation for excellence in teaching, autumn 1993
- Tau Beta Pi, honorary engineering society, 1975
- Pi Tau Sigma, honorary mechanical engineering society, 1975
Institutional and Professional Service
- Faculty advisor, SAE student chapter
- Faculty advisor, BMES student chapter
- Faculty advisor, Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter
- M.E. Department Graduate Studies Committee
- Reviewer for many journals
- Reviewer of proposals for NSF, NIH, NASA, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Idaho Board of Education, U. Texas El Paso Center for Environmental Resources
Professional Development Activities
- Conference session organizer for many ASME and BMES conferences
- Externally funded research in the areas of biofluid mechanics and solar energy