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Dr. David F. Kelley
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
Bucknell University
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
E-mail: dkelley AT bucknell DOT edu
Phone: (570) 577-1313
Fax: (570) 577-1449

I joined the Bucknell University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as an assistant professor in August 2001. I was tenured and promoted to associate professor in April 2007, and I served as chair of the department from July 2010 through December 2012.

Note: The Electrical Engineering Department became the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department effective with the Fall 2013 semester.

Office Hours (Fall 2015)

I will be on sabbatical leave during the Fall 2015 semester and will not offer regular office hours. The best way to arrange a meeting with me is via e-mail.


  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • MSEE, Virginia Tech, 1990
  • BSEE, Virginia Tech, 1986

Bucknell Courses Taught

  • ELEC 105, now 205 (Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering)
  • ELEC 120 (Foundations of Electrical Engineering)
  • ELEC 225 (Circuit Theory I)
  • ELEC 350 (Electronics I)
  • ELEC 351 (Electronics II)
  • ELEC 390 (Theory and Applications of Electromagnetics)
  • ELEC 470 (Communication and Information Systems)
  • ELEC 477/677 (Wireless System Design)
  • ENGR 100 (Exploring Engineering)
  • ENGR 138 (Written and Oral Communication)
  • ENGR 695 (Advanced Topics in Engineering Mathematics)
  • For details, follow the appropriate course link at left

Research Interests

  • Reconfigurable antennas
  • Reactively controlled array antennas
  • Phased array antennas (active and parasitic)
  • General antenna analysis and design
  • Evolutionary optimization methods, esp. particle swarm optimization
  • Computational electromagnetics, esp. the FDTD method
  • For details and selected publications, follow the Research link above

Industry/Sabbatical Experience

  • Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, 2008-2009 (sabbatical)
  • Information Systems Laboratories, Vienna, VA, 1991-1993
  • Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corp., Greenbelt, MD, 1989-1990
  • HY-Tech Research Corp., Radford, VA, 1988-1989 (part time)

Professional Activities and Service

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE):
    • Member since 1989; elevated to Senior Member in 2007
    • Member of Antennas and Propagation Society
    • Chair of Antennas and Propagation Society Education Committee July 2007-December 2011; Co-Chair since January 2012
    • Associate Editor of Antennas and Propagation Magazine Education Column July 2007-December 2011
    • Publicity Chair for 2011 AP-S/URSI International Symposium held in Spokane, WA
    • Member of Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
  • Reviewer for:
    • IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
    • IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
    • Antennas and Propagation Magazine
    • IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
  • Reviewer for W. H. Hayt and J. A. Buck, Engineering Electromagnetics, 6th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001
  • Reviewer for the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John G. Webster, ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999
  • Contributing author to P. A. Laplante, ed., Comprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1999

Bucknell University Service:

  • University Level:
    • University Committee on Staff Planning, Fall 2005-Spring 2008 (chair for academic year 2007-2008), Fall 2014-present
    • Geology Department Search Committee, academic year 2007-2008
    • University Composition Council, Fall 2002-Spring 2005
    • Computer Science Department Search Committee, academic year 2002-2003
  • College Level:
    • Engineering Instructional Facilities Committee, Fall 2014-present
    • Engineering College faculty mentor, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
    • Engineering Strategic Planning Committee on Open-Ended Problems, Spring 2012
    • Engineering Dean Search Committee, academic year 2010-2011
    • Engineering International Education Committee, Fall 2005-Spring 2008, Fall 2009-Spring 2011
    • Engineering Curriculum Committee, Fall 2001-Spring 2004
    • Dana Engineering Building electronics labs and Project Development Lab repurposing committees, academic year 2003-2004
    • Breakiron Engineering Building Electromagnetics Lab configuration contact person, Summer 2002-Spring 2003
  • Department Level:
    • ECE Departmental Review Committee, Fall 2007, Fall 2009-present
    • ECE Department Search Committee, 2001-2012, 2013-present (chair for academic years 2009-10 and 2010-11 and Fall 2012)
    • Chair of Electrical Engineering Department, July 2010-December 2012
    • ECE Department Programming Working Group (chair), Fall 2014-present
    • ECE Department 40,000 Foot View Working Group, Fall 2013-present
    • ECE Department Assessment Working Group, Fall 2013-present
    • ECE Department Design Course Working Group (chair), Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Site maintained by:
Associate Professor David F. Kelley
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837
e-mail: dkelley AT bucknell DOT edu

Updated: August 5, 2015

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