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Leo Kempel


Engineering Dean's Office, College of Engineering

Dennis P. Nyquist Endowed Professor in Electromagnetics - Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Room 3410C


Leo C. Kempel, the Dennis P. Nyquist Endowed Professor of Electromagnetics, is the ninth dean of the Michigan State University College of Engineering. He previously served as acting dean and was associate dean for research from 2008 to 2013.

Kempel has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1998. He served as the inaugural director of the MSU High Performance ... Computing Center from 2004 to 2006, then as associate dean for special initiatives until being named associate dean for research in 2008. 

His research interests include conformal antennas, engineered materials for microwave applications, and computational electromagnetics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Commission B of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI). He is a member of the Department of Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Kempel pursued electrical engineering and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1989, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994.

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Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan 1994

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan 1990

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati 1989


Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Fellow, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society

MSU Teacher Scholar Award



R.T. Fox, V. Wani, K.E. Howard, A. Bogle, and L. Kempel, "Conductive polymer composite materials and their utility on electromagnetic shielding applications," J. Applied Polymer Science,, 13 Nov. 2007.

A.L. Higginbotham, J.J. Stephenson, R.J. Smith, D.S. Killips, L.C. Kempel, and J.M. Tour, "Tunable permittivity of polymer composites through incremental blending of raw and functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes," J. Phys. Chem.,, 2007.

S.M. Cossmann, E.J. Rothwell, and L.C. Kempel, "Transient reflection of TM-polarized plane-waves from a Lorentz medium half-space," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 24, pp. 882-887, Mar. 2007.