Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

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Office: 346 Scott Bioengineering Building
Phone: 970-491-0718
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Dr. Kevin Lear

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


After PhD studies as an Office of Naval Research Fellow at Stanford University, Professor Lear joined Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Member of Technical Staff where he developed high performance laser diode technology. He left Sandia to commercialize the technology as the Chief Scientific Officer and head of development for MicroOptical Devices (MODE, acquired in 1997 by Emcore Corporation). His research in vertical cavity surface emitting lasers has led to performance benchmarks for efficiency and speed, a number of related patents, and recognition with an IEEE LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award. Since moving to Colorado State University his research has focused on photonic biosensors as well as components and systems for high speed optical communication. Most recently he has begun investigating biophysical models for neurons and computational neuroscience more generally. He served as the director of the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering at CSU from its inception in 2010 until 2019. He works with industry as a consultant and advisory board member for a number of high technology companies.


  • B.S. 1984 University of Colorado at Boulder in Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. 1985 Stanford University in Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D 1990 Stanford University in Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonic biosensors
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Components and systems for high-speed optical communication