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Keith Holbert

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706

Keith Holbert is the founding director of the nuclear power generation program and an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. He joined the ASU faculty in 1989 after earning his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. His research expertise is in the area of instrumentation and system diagnostics including radiation effects on sensors. Holbert has performed tests on safety-related systems in more than a dozen nuclear power plants in the United States. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, two textbooks and holds one patent. Holbert is a registered professional (nuclear) engineer. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Holbert teaches undergraduate and graduate engineering courses on electric power generation (from all forms of energy), nuclear reactor theory and design, nuclear power plant controls and diagnostics, reactor safety analysis, and health physics and radiation measurements. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee 1989
  • M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee 1986
  • B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee 1984
Research Interests: 

Process monitoring and diagnostics, noise analysis, sensor fault detection, and radiation effects


See curriculum vitae

Research Activity: 
Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 564Interdisciplin Nuclear Pwr Ops
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 463Electrical Power Plants
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 591Seminar
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards: 

ASEE Energy Conversion and Conservation Division, Second Best Paper, June 2016
Top 5% Teaching Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2012
IEEE Transactions on Education Best Paper award for 2010
Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2005-2014
My website was selected as for the “100 Excellent Ivy League Open Courses for Engineers”, May 2009
Honorable Mention Paper Award, ASEE Continuous Improvement in Engineering Education Conference, March 2008
Online Educational Database recognized my Electrical Networks website as one of the “Top 100 Open Courseware Projects”, May 16, 2007
Outstanding Faculty Award, IEEE Phoenix Section, February 2007
Nominated for ASU Last Lecture Series, 2004 Special Chair Award “for Outstanding Leadership as Chairperson of the Student Activities Committee,” IEEE Phoenix Section, 2003
Award from WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Investments program, 2003
Appreciation Award for recruitment and retention of students, Engineering College, 2002
Nominated for ASU Associated Students Centennial Professorship, 2002
IEEE Recognition for service as Facilities Chair for Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC), 2002
Special Recognition Award from WISE program, 2002
Nominated by students for Engineering College Faculty Teaching Award, 2000
Teaching Excellence Award from the ASU College of Engineering, 1996-1997
Nominated for CEAS Young Faculty Teaching Award, 1992
Faculty Research Appointment at Westinghouse Hanford, 1991
Tau Beta Pi member (Tennessee Alpha, '84)


Associate Editor, journal of Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations, 2011-present

Professional Associations: 

American Nuclear Society (ANS) Member, 1981-present American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Member, 1992-present Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member, 1996-present

Work History: 

2004-2005 Visiting Staff Member Los Alamos National Laboratory 1983-1988 Field Test Engineer Analysis and Measurement Services Corp


American Nuclear Society (ANS) Arizona Section, Chair, 2010-2014

IEEE Phoenix Section: Past Chair, 2009; Chair, 2008; Secretary, 2007; Treasurer, 2006; Student Activities Committee, Chair, 2001-2005