Dr. Kathleen Meehan


Department Chair and Professor
 OCNL 313A
Campus Zip: 888 
Phone: (530) 898-5746 
E-mail: kmeehan@csuchico.edu
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Optoelectronics, Optical spectroscopy, Nano sensors, Robotics and Engineering Education  

Fall 2018 Office Hours: 
Monday: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.


University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign                               Electrical Engineering                     Ph.D., 1985

University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign                               Electrical Engineering                     M.S., 1982

Manhattan College                                                              Electrical Engineering                     B.S., 1980


2017 – present      Professor and Chair, EECE, CSU Chico

2013-2017            University of Glasgow, director of the Glasgow College-UESTC EEE programme

2002- 2013           Bradley Dept. of ECE, Virginia Tech

1999-2002            Lane Dept. of CS and EE, West Virginia University

Summer 1999 and 2000  ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow, Optical Instrumentation Technology Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center

1997-1999            Department of Engineering, University of Denver

1996-present        Optoelectronic Solutions, Marion Center, PA

1995-1997            Biocontrol Technology, Indiana, PA

1987-1995            Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA

1989-1991            Instructor, Northeastern University, Burlington, MA

1985                    Adjunct Professor, Somerset Community College, Somerville, NJ

1985-1987            Lytel, Inc., Branchburg, NJ

Research and Grants


My research involves aspects of semiconductor physics, material science, optics, chemistry, and biology as well as my interest in determining optimal approaches to student learning and instructional techniques.

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials such as metal oxides and plasmonic materials
  • Optoelectronic device design, fabrication, and characterization
  • Design of autonomous systems
  • Hands-on engineering pedagogy


Chancellor’s Award:  Intercampus Workshop on Student Leadership, University of Glasgow, 5/1/2015-4/30/2016

Collaborative Research: Center for Mobile Hands-on STEM, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2012-8/31/2014

Recent Publication

N. Shehata, I. Kandas, E. Samir, K. Meehan, and M. Aldacher, “Parametric study of up-conversion efficiency in Er-doped nanoparticles under 780 nm excitation”, J. Kumin., 176 pp. 372-380, (2016).

K. Meehan, D. Bremner, A. Phillips, and K. Phillips, “Overseas Immersion Programme:  Solid State Lighting”, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.  https://peer.asee.org/overseas-immersion-program-solid-state-lighting-in-two-weeks.

K. Meehan and A. Phillips, “Inexpensive Hands-On Activities in Solid State Lighting”, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016. https://peer.asee.org/inexpensive-hands-on-activities-in-solid-state-lighting.

D. Bremner, K. Meehan, Z. Zhao, X. Liu, and Y.Y. Liu, “Creating a University-Industry Advisory Board for a Joint Engineering School”, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016. https://peer.asee.org/creating-a-university-industry-advisory-board-for-a-joint-engineering-school.

K. Meehan and G. Radice, “Models for International Collaborative Undergraduate Engineering Programmes”, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016. https://peer.asee.org/models-for-international-collaborative-undergraduate-engineering-programmes.

N. Shehata, M. Azab, I. Kandas, and K. Meehan, “Nano-enriched and autonomous sensing framework for dissolved oxygen”, Sensors. 15(8) pp. 20193-20203 (2015).

N. Shehata, M. Clavel, K. Meehan, E. Samir, S. Gaballah, and M. Salah, “Enhanced erbium-doped ceria nanostructure coating to improve solar cell performance”, Mater. 8(11), pp7663-7672 (2015).

K. Meehan, R.H. Hadfield, and A. Phillips, “A Simple Hands-on Experiment for First Year Undergraduates that Connects the Electrical and Thermal Properties of Metals”, 2015 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.  Seattle, WA, June 14-18, 2015. https://peer.asee.org/a-simple-hands-on-experiment-for-first-year-undergraduates-that-connects-the-electrical-and-thermal-properties-of-metals

K. Meehan, “Adapting to a United Kingdom Undergraduate Engineering Pedagogical Approach While Teaching at a Sino-Foreign Joint Educational Programme”, 2015 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.  Seattle, WA, June 14-18, 2015.  https://peer.asee.org/adapting-to-a-united-kingdom-undergraduate-engineering-pedagogical-approach-while-teaching-at-a-sino-foreign-joint-educational-programme

K. Meehan, J.H. Davies, S. Roy, Y. Li, J.H. Marsh, L. Ma, F. Luo, X. Liu, Z. Zhao, and S. Gao, “Integration Design into a Year 1 Electronics and Electrical Engineering Programme”, 5th Annual Sino-Foreign JEP Conference. Shenzhen, China, Nov. 9-11, 2015.

Nader Shehata, Kathleen Meehan, Ibrahim Hassounah, MantuHudait, Nikhil Jain, Michael Clavel, Sarah Elhelw, and N. Madi, “Reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles:  One nano-host applicable for simultaneous optical down- and up-conversion”, Nanoscale Res. Lett. 9 pp. 1-6 (2014).

Hassounah, N. Shehata and K. Meehan, “Active ceria nanoparticles embedded in electrospun nanofibers,” J. Appl. Poly. Sci., 131 (2014).

K. Meehan, J.H. Davies, S. Roy, J.H. Marsh, Y. Li, S. Gao, D. Zhou, Z. Zhao, X. Liu, and F. Luo, “Merging Pedagogical Approaches:  University of Glasgow-UESTC Joint Education Programme in Electronics and Electrical Engineering”, 2014 IEEE Frontier in Education. Madrid, Spain. 

Awards and Affiliations

Awards and Honors

My Favorite Teacher, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2014 and 2017

W.S. “Pete” White Innovation in Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2013

ADI University Program Strategic Advocate, Analog Devices, Inc., 2012 - present

Senior Member, IEEE, 1999


Professional Activities

American Society for Engineering Education

     DELOS Secretary, 6/2012 – 6/2013

     DELOS Program co-Chair, 6/2013 – 6/2016

     DELOS Chair, 6/2016 – 6/2017

     DELOS Past Chair, 6/2017 – present


Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and LEOS/Photonics Society and VTS member

     Secretary, Denver Section (3/1998 – 6/1999)

     Vice Chair for Student Activities, Denver Section (1/1999 – 6/1999)

     Secretary/Treasurer, Upper Mon Subsection (1/2000-12/2001)

     Chair, Upper Mon Subsection (1/2002)