Shawn K. Kelly, PhD

Dr. Shawn Kelly is a Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  At CMU, he also holds courtesy faculty appointments in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments, and he was formerly a researcher with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in Pittsburgh.

While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kelly obtained his BS, MEng, and PhD in Electrical Engineering.  Upon completion of his educational studies, Dr. Kelly served as a Visiting Scientist at MIT and a Research Health Scientist at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Dr. Kelly’s primary research interests include: 1.) Medical device product design, development, and packaging; 2.) Analog and mixed signal VLSI circuit design; 3.) Retinal prostheses, implantable microelectronic medical devices; 4.) Electrical tissue stimulation, neuromodulation, current source stimulation circuitry, stimulating electrode materials; and 5.) Wireless power/data telemetry, power management, micro-power management circuits.

Dr. Kelly has developed a range of medical device technologies for over 20 years, including an implantable retinal prosthesis for the blind, a joint effort of the VA, MIT, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is currently working on novel brain signal recording technologies to make EEG more accessible and more efficient, technologies for hearing assistive devices, and technologies for peripheral neural stimulation.

Dr. Kelly is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum.  He is a member of the IEEE, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

View a list of Dr. Kelly’s publications here.