Walsh takes over as associate dean of research

Walsh takes over as associate dean of research

Dr. Kevin Walsh

Dr.  Kevin Walsh has taken over the role of Associate Dean for Research from Dr. Tom Starr at the J.B Speed School of Engineering. Dr. Walsh is the Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has been an award-winning faculty member at the Speed School since 1993, and as the Director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC) until Dec. 2015. He was instrumental in establishing the Lutz cleanroom facility in 1997 and later oversaw its re-design and expansion into the MNTC that is now housed in the Shumaker Research Building.

His list of credentials and accomplishments is extensive, with recent notables include:

  • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 2015 (1st at UofL);
  • PI on 5-year $3.76M NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Award (just recently announced)
  • Member of the NSF Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program National Advisory Committee, 2014;
  • Member of the Kentucky Science Center Board of Directors, 2014;
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Executive Office of the President of the United States for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) for Regional State and Local (RSL) Initiatives (2011 - present);
  • Kentucky Science Center (KCS) Ambassador of the Year Award, 2013;
  • President of the UofL Speed Faculty Council, 2013; Author of over 100 scientific articles and holder of 10 awarded patents;
  • Two-time recipient of the Speed School of Engineering Research Award (1998-2000 and 2007-2009).

"I look forward to having Dr. Walsh join the Speed School leadership team as we seek to systematically increase our research productivity, improve our overall infrastructure, and raise our national research profile," said. Dr. John Usher, Acting Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. "He is eager to begin a proactive dialog with department chairs, faculty, center directors, research staff,  students and university administration to gather ideas and feedback in support of new initiatives to help us best achieve our research goals."

Dr. Walsh is a Speed alumnus having earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978, and a Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1992.

Dr. Tom Starr, who stepped down after 11+ years as Associate Dean, will continue his service on the Chemical Engineering faculty and serve as director of the Rapid Prototyping Center.