Nicholas Kirsch

Electrical and Computer Engineering - CEPS
Phone: (603) 862-0142
Office: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W213, Durham, NH 03824
Nicholas Kirsch

Nicholas J. Kirsch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2003. Nicholas received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications in June 2006 and a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering in June 2009 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2001 and 2002, Nicholas worked for W.L. Gore & Associates on fiber optic link modules and long-wavelength lasers. In graduate school, he worked with the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory and the Applied Communication and Information Networking group in Camden, NJ. His research interests include Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications systems, wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, software defined radios, transparent antennas, and spectrum sensing technologies. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, University of New Hampshire, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Nicholas is currently the chair of the Engineering Projects in Community Service in IEEE program, which funds students to solve problems and engage with local non-profit organizations.

Nicholas is a member of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and AAAS.


  • Ph.D., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Drexel University
  • M.S., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Drexel University
  • B.S., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses Taught

  • ECE 541: Electric Circuits Recitation
  • ECE 603: Electromagnetic Fields&Waves I
  • ECE 757: Fundmtls Communication Systems
  • ECE 757/857: Fundmtls Communication Systems
  • ECE 857: Fundmtls Communication Systems
  • ECE 920: Wireless Communication Systems
  • ECE 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Kandelusy, O. M., & Kirsch, N. J. (2020). Buffer-Aided Relaying With Direct Link Transmission and Spectrum Sharing. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COGNITIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING, 6(2), 631-644. doi:10.1109/TCCN.2019.2956140

Smith, J. R., Al-Badrawi, M. H., & Kirsch, N. J. (2019). An Optimized De-Noising Scheme Based on the Null Hypothesis of Intrinsic Mode Functions. IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING LETTERS, 26(8), 1232-1236. doi:10.1109/LSP.2019.2925316

Kirsch, N. J. (2018). Service Learning in Engineering Education. IEEE PERVASIVE COMPUTING, 17(2), 57-61. doi:10.1109/MPRV.2018.022511244

Al-Badrawi, M. H., Kirsch, N. J., & Al-Jewad, B. Z. (2017). Intrinsic Mode Function Based Noise Power Estimation With Applications to Semiblind Spectrum Sensing Methods. IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING LETTERS, 24(7), 1088-1092. doi:10.1109/LSP.2017.2710883

Al-Badrawi, M. H., Nasr, A. M., Al-Jewad, B. Z., Kirsch, N. J., & IEEE. (2017). An Adaptive Energy Detection Scheme Using EMD for Spectrum Sensing. In 2017 14TH IEEE ANNUAL CONSUMER COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING CONFERENCE (CCNC) (pp. 7-12). Retrieved from

Escobar, E. R., Kirsch, N. J., Kontopidis, G., & Turner, B. (2015). 5.5 GHz optically transparent mesh wire microstrip patch antenna. ELECTRONICS LETTERS, 51(16), 1220-1221. doi:10.1049/el.2015.1594

Kirsch, N. J., Vacirca, N. A., Kurzweg, T. P., Fontecchio, A. K., Dandekar, K. R., & IEEE. (2010). Performance of Transparent Conductive Polymer Antennas in a MIMO Ad-hoc Network. In 2010 IEEE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WIRELESS AND MOBILE COMPUTING, NETWORKING AND COMMUNICATIONS (WIMOB) (pp. 9-14). doi:10.1109/WIMOB.2010.5644868

Kirsch, N. J., Vacirca, N. A., Plowman, E. E., Kurzweg, T. P., Fontecchio, A. K., Dandekar, K. R., & IEEE. (2009). Optically Transparent Conductive Polymer RFID Meandering Dipole Antenna. In IEEE RFID: 2009 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RFID (pp. 270-274). Retrieved from

Piazza, D., Kirsch, N. J., Forenza, A., Jr, H. R. W., & Dandekar, K. R. (2008). Design and evaluation of a reconfigurable antenna array for MIMO systems. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION, 56(3), 869-881. doi:10.1109/TAP.2008.916908

Tansu, N., Kirsch, N. J., & Mawst, L. J. (2002). Low-threshold-current-density 1300-nm dilute-nitride quantum well lasers. APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 81(14), 2523-2525. doi:10.1063/1.1511290

Most Cited Publications