Nicholas J. Kirsch, Ph.D.

Founding Director

Nicholas J. Kirsch was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on May 17, 1980. He obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2003. Nicholas received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications in June 2006 and a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering in June 2009 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2001 and 2002, Nicholas worked for W.L. Gore & Associates on fiber optic link modules and long-wavelength lasers. In graduate school, he worked with the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory and the Applied Communication and Information Networking group in Camden, NJ. His research interests include Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications systems, wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, software defined radios, transparent antennas, and spectrum sensing technologies. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, University of New Hampshire, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Nicholas is currently the chair of the Engineering Projects in Community Service in IEEE program, which funds students to solve problems and engage with local non-profit organizations.

Nicholas is a member of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and AAAS.