Dr. James Keszenheimer

Dr. James Keszenheimer

Title: Professor of Engineering Practice
Dept/Program: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Office: ASEC 378
Phone: 330-972-6653
Email: jkeszenheimer@uakron.edu


Dr. Keszenheimer holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, an M.B.A. from Myers University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. He joined the University of Akron in 2014 to contribute his commercial design experience to the curriculum. 

Dr. Keszenheimer began his career researching lasers and fiber optic instruments before transitioning his interests to the commercialization of technology. He has over 25 years of technology and business development experience and is a leading expert in photonics. He has worked at several government-funded labs including NASA, AVCO-TEXTRON, MIT Lincoln Lab, and Draper Lab. Dr. Keszenheimer has been involved in start-up companies since college and has co-founded or assisted early stage-companies in Boston, Silicon Valley, Princeton, and Ohio, with over $150M invested. His commercial interests have covered biomedical, communications, imaging, industrial, aerospace, as well as consumer products.

Previously, Dr. Keszenheimer served as director of business development for Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, N.J., where he was responsible for joint ventures, product strategies, spinouts, and development contracts. He has delivered products to a broad range of markets by applying his combined business and technical acumen. 

Dr. Keszenheimer recently served as Director of the Wright Center for Sensor System Engineering (WCSSE) at Cleveland State University where he was managed $24M in grants to various Ohio research institutions. He currently serves as mentor and advisory board member to entrepreneurs and startups. 


  • B.S./M.S., Physics, John Carroll University, (1984/1985)
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering/Electro-Optics, Tufts University (1992)
  • M.B.A. Business Administration, Myers University (2008)



Intro: Biomedical Engineering Design
Intro: Biophysical Measurements
Design of Medical Devices
Biomedical Engineering Design I and II



Biomedical Instrumentation