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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Peter Kennedy -

  • MicroNano Systems

Research themes :

Circuits and Systems

Education :

DEng (Electronic Engineering), NUI, 2010

PhD (Electrical Engineering), UC Berkeley, 1991

MS (Electrical Engineering), UC Berkeley, 1987

BE (Electronic Engineering), NUI Dublin (UCD), 1984

Experience :

Michael Peter Kennedy is Professor of Microelectronic Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD).  He received the BE (Electronics) degree from UCD in 1984, the MS and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1991, respectively, and the DEng from the National University of Ireland in 2010. He joined UCC as Chair of the Department of Microelectronic Engineering in 2000. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2003 through 2005 and as Vice-President for Research from 2005 to 2011. He joined UCD as Professor of Microelectronic Engineering in 2017. He has over 380 research publications (including four patents) in the fields of oscillator design, hysteresis, neural networks, nonlinear dynamics, chaos communication, mixed-signal test, and frequency synthesis. He has worked as a consultant for SMEs and multinationals in the microelectronics industry and is founding Director of the Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS Ireland) and the Microelectronics Competence Centre of Ireland (MCCI).

He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1998 for contributions to the theory of neural networks and nonlinear dynamics and for leadership in nonlinear circuits research and education. He has received many prestigious awards including Best Paper (International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications), the 88th IEE Kelvin Lecture, IEEE Millenium and Golden Jubilee Medals, the inaugural Royal Irish Academy Parsons Award in Engineering Sciences, and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Chapter of the Year Award 2010.  In 2004, he was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy and was made a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland by Presidential Invitation. From 2005 to 2007, he was President of the European Circuits Society and Vice-President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (with responsibility for Europe, Africa and the Middle East). He was elected President of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017.

Research interests :

Nonlinear Circuits, Oscillators, PLLs and Synthesizers

Peer reviewers for journals :

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems

International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications