Shamus McNamara

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Director, Micro/Nano Technology Center


Dr. Shamus McNamara received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and 1996, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.  He did his post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan, and is a co-founder of a startup company.  He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and he is also the associate director of the Micro-Nano Technology Center.  His research interests lie in the fields of microelectronics and MEMS, with an emphasis on transistors, sensors, and gas microfluidic systems.  He has five issued patents with additional patents pending.

Teaching Interests

Dr. McNamara teaches courses in the areas of microelectronics and MEMS. Every spring he teaches a course to freshmen (ECE 100) to provide them with an opportunity to enter the cleanroom and make devices, including solar cells and diodes. He often teaches Physical Electronics (ECE 542), which is a required undergraduate level course in ECE. And he teaches a suite of graduate level courses on semiconductors, microelectronics, and MEMS, including ECE 631 (The MOSFET), ECE 632 (Semiconductor Principles), ECE 633-634 (Microelectronic Design and Fabrication / Lab), ECE 636-637 (MEMS Design and Fabrication / Lab), and ECE 600 (Advanced MEMS).

Research Interests

  • Microelectronics
  • MEMS
  • Gas microfluidics
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Sensors
  • Low power tunneling current sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Micro-resonators
  • Body Heat Powered Drug Delivery Devices
  • Photolithography
  • Grayscale lithography