Leo C. Kempel

Leo C. Kempel
  • Dean
  • College of Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati


College of Engineering

Electromagnetics Research Group

Current Research

Leo C. Kempel, professor of electrical and computer engineering, 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 leads ten academic programs and has strengthened the college’s innovation in the automotive, composite materials, energy, health care technologies, pavement preservation, and security sectors. Under his leadership, two new academic departments have been established – the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

His research interests include conformal antennas, engineered materials for microwave applications, and computational electromagnetics. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Commission B of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI).


  • Conformal antennas
  • Engineered materials for microwave applications
  • Computational electromagnetics