Kevin Walsh

Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Assoc. Dean for Research

About

Kevin M. Walsh received the B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (microelectronics/MEMS) from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1978, 1985, and 1992, respectively.  Dr. Walsh is the Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville, where he also serves as the founding director of the UofL Micro/NanoTechnology Center (MNTC) and its associated 10,000 sq. ft. class 100 cleanroom facility, which was recently ranked top 10 in the United States by Small Times Magazine.  The MNTC has brought in over $55M of research awards into the University of Louisville.  In 2008, Dr. Walsh and his team started the "KY nanoNET Initiative" which is an NSF-funded statewide network for the coordination of all the micro and nanotechnology efforts in the Commonwealth. Although still a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty, he serves as Speed School's Associate Dean for Research

Prof. Walsh is also on the editorial board of Sensor Letters, the Review Board for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory CNMS (Center for Nanophase Materials Science) User Program, and the RSL Advisory Board for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) which reports to the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He served as the general chair for the 2008 IEEE University/Government/Industry Micro-nano Symposium (UGIM08), is the current conference chair for the 2013 KY NanoSymposium, has 12 awarded patents and is co-founder of 4 technical start-up companies (Assenti, OrthoData Technologies, UltraTrace Detection and Simon Sounds).  Prof. Walsh has taught over 20 different courses, advised over 30 completed theses, and published over 150 technical papers in the areas of micro/nanotechnology and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems). Dr. Walsh’s research group has received over $35M of external research funding from DoD, DOE, NSF, NASA, NIH and industry. He has twice been presented with the school’s top Research Award for the 3-year periods of 1998-2000 and 2007-2009.  In 2000, Prof. Walsh was inducted into the Trinity High School Hall of Fame, 2001 into the UofL Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2005 the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame.

Teaching Interests

  • Microfabrication
  • MEMS
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Circuits
  • Electronics
  • Calculus

Research Interests

  • MEMS
  • No-power Sensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Bistable Devices
  • Novel 3D Microfabrication Strategies
  • Engineering Education