Former Members and Collaborators

Bruce W. Alphenaar, Co-founder Aza-Soyul.  Until 2020 Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University. In October 2000, he joined the University of Louisville as an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the distinction of University Scholar in Nanotechnology.  His latest research includes carbon nanotube spintronics, optically excited spin injection and nanowire interconnects and devices. Publications


Darrel L. Chenoweth, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant V.P. for Research, University of Louisville. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Auburn University. Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). He has performed research on computer vision based navigation, analysis of aerial reconnaissance images, characterization of long range infrared search and track systems.


Edward A. Essock, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and University Scholar. Ph.D. in Psychology from Brown University (1981). His current research interests include visual art and aesthetics, perception of natural scenes, encoding of natural scenes/ Cortical gain-control, biases in perception of oriented stimuli (lines, edges, noise), clinical vision (e.g., Prediction of Glaucoma, Cataracts and vision), and applied (Human Factors) vision.  Publications



Peter Faguy, (Formerly Asst. Prof. Chemistry) Electrochemist, Energy Storage at U.S. Department of Energy, Owner of Delta Biosensing. His area of interests include new product development, program management, characterization and performance testing, electrode materials and production, electrocatalysts, analytical instrumentation and sensors, and providing consulting services and solutions at the science / engineering / business interface.


Andrea S. Gobin, formerly Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering. Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University(2003). Her research interest is to develop biomaterials with mimics in structure and/or function of natural extracellular matrices (ECM) for basic science and tissue engineering applications. Understanding how the structural and functional components of ECM proteins interact and how to implement these relationships in synthetic environments can aid in developing novel biomaterials to use as instruments and tools in building basic science knowledge as well as scaffolds for tissue engineering. Publications

Andre M. Gobin, formerly Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering. Ph.D. from Rice University, Houston, TX. His research interests include near infrared (NIR) absorbing nanoparticles for uses including as a therapeutic agent directly, incorporation into drug delivery systems as well as in photo-mechanical transduction systems coupled into micro-fluidic devices. Publications



Cindy K. Harnett, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ph.D. degree in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University (2000). Her research interests include chemical vapor deposition in micro scale environments, interaction of electric fields with fluid flows, use of microfluidic systems to produce new electronic materials, and ultra low-power environmental sensors. Harnett Lab



Robert S. Keynton, Dean of Engineering, University North Carolina Charlotte. Formerly Interim Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation, Professor and Lutz Endowed Chair of Biomechanical Devices, Department of Bioengineering. Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Akron (1995). His research focuses on Lab-on-a-Chip devices, microsensors, biomedical devices, and biomaterials. He received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Houston Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology and he is a fellow in both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. Publications

Chakram S. Jayanthi, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology. She is presently pursuing research on theoretical condensed matter physics, surface physics and large scale atomistic simulations. Publications





Shudun Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ph.D. from Rutgers University (1991). His research interests include modeling the growth mechanisms of thin films and nanostructures based on Kinetic Monte Carlo techniques and the rate equation theory. Condensed Matter Physics




John F. Naber, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA (1992). His research involves developing custom analog and digital circuits to meet the needs of advanced implantable biomedical sensing systems as well as integrated Lab-On-a-Chip (LOC) systems. Wireless and IC Design Laboratory


Balaji Panchapakesan, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Formerly Department of Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park (2001). His research focuses on understanding how light interacts with carbon nanotubes and creating applications as diverse as micro-opto-mechanical systems to cancer nanotechnology that utilize this phenomenon.  Small System Laboratory


Dan O. Popa, Professor and Director LARRI, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and head of the Next Generation Systems (NGS) research group. Ph.D. in Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1998). His research includes precision and micro robotics and motion control, Micro/nano assembly and manipulation, Physical human-robot interaction, Social Robotics, Mobile Robot Path Planning. Next Gen Systems Group



W. Karl Pitts, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Louisville; currently Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Ph.D from Indiana University. His research interests include radiation detectors, laser micromachining, nuclear physics and instrumentation development.

Palaniappan Sethu, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama Birmingham. Formerly Associate Professor, UofL  Department of Bioengineering. Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2002). His research focuses on providing enabling technology through the development of microfluidic systems for applications in biology and medicine. Publications



M. Keith Sharp, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory (REAL). Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987). His research interests included biofluid mechanics (esp. blood flow and cardiovascular modeling) and renewable and sustainable energy. Publications




Kevin M. Walsh, Samuel T. Fife Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Founding Director of UofL Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC). Ph.D from University of Cincinnati (1992). His research interests include MEMS, Microelectronic Devices, Sensors, Transducers and Actuators, Micro/Nanofabrication Processes and Device Physics.



Shi-Yu Wu deceased, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ph.D from Cornell University (1967). He is pursued research on theoretical condensed matter physics and theory of complex systems with reduced symmetry. Publications




University of Kentucky

Elizabeth C. Dickey, Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University (1997). Her research interests include statics and dynamics of point-defects, grain boundaries, and interfaces in materials; nanomaterials; functional oxides; ceramic composites; and electron microscopy. Dickey NC State Lab



Bruce J. Hinds, Campbell Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, WA. Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (1996). His research areas include nano-scale device fabrication, molecular electronics/spintronics, thin film processes, semiconductor interface states and inorganic chemical synthesis. Hinds Lab



Pinar Menguc, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Ozyegin University.
Home Page: Current Position Ozyegin U.    Former U. Kentucky Research and Teaching Site 




Susan B. Sinnott, Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University (1993). She is presently pursuing research on the design and study of new composite material, computational nanometer-scale materials engineering, investigation of crack initiation at material defects, and the study of thin film growth.  Research Page



Other Universities and Institutes

Doo Jin Cho, Professor, Department of Physics, Ajou University, South Korea. Ph.D. in Optics from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester (1990). His research interests include optical/nanophotonic computer simulations.




Wenyao Liu, Professor, Department of Precision Instrument Engineering, Tianjin University, China. Visiting Prof., UofL, 1995. He is currently engaged in research on optical pattern recognition techniques and optical correlations.

Alexander F. Naumov, Ph.D., Senior Scientists, Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Samara, Russia. He currently works at Physical Optics Corporation.

A. V. Parfenov, Ph.D., Senior Scientists, Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, who is widely recognized as Russia’s leading developer of liquid crystal modulators for high definition and brightness projectors and adaptive optical telescopes. He is currently working with fiber-optic sensors at the Diagnostic Instrumentation and Analysis Laboratory (DIAL) at Mississippi State University.

Henry Stark, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology. Fellow of OSA and IEEE. His publications on convex and generalized projections onto constraints algorithms and their applications to reconstruction imaging, pattern recognition and optical design are widely cited.




Industrial Affiliates 

Frank Luecke, founder and owner of Frank Design LLC in Crestwood, Kentucky. He is also co-founder of New Focus Inc. and is responsible for the design of around 75% of their products including picomotors, optical, and tunable laser diodes. Prior to New Focus he worked at IBM on the research and development of magneto-optical disc drives. He is the inventor or co-inventor on over 27 U.S. patents. Currently he was involved in research and design projects with Professors Farag and Cohn and the Dept. of Surgery at UofL’s medical school.


John Randall and Marni Rutkofsky are Chief Technical Officer and Nanomaterials Specialist of Zyvex Corp. Zyvex’s vision is to become the leading worldwide supplier of tools, products, and services that enable adaptable, affordable, and molecularly precise manufacturing.

Jay E. Stockley and Steven A. Serati, are Electro-optics Engineer and President of Boulder Nonlinear system, Inc. which makes Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator for information processing. They collaborated on an STTR contract to develop a real-time multispot laser beam steering system and illuminator.