Michael Morse, PhD
Professor, Electrical Engineering
- PhD, Clemson University, South Carolina
- MS, Tulane University, New Orleans, Biomedical Engineering
- BS, Tulane University, New Orleans, Biomedical Engineering
Michael Morse was born in New York, received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1981 and 1982. He went on to get his Ph.D. at age 24 from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1985. After 18 long months in industry, Professor Morse joined the Electrical Engineering Faculty of Auburn University in 1987. During his first year as an academic he won both an NSF and IEEE initiation grant. (He declined the IEEE grant.) During his three years at Auburn he published on the topics of speech recognition from signals secondary to speech and electrical stimulation. At Auburn, Professor Morse advised five students to Master's degrees and developed a successful consultancy in the area of electric shock injury and electromechanical product failure. He has testified as an expert witness in both state and federal court on several occasions. In 1990 Professor Morse received a patent for an electrical stimulation system using parallel processing architecture. Also in 1990, Morse joined the faculty of electrical engineering at the University of San Diego. In the years that have ensued Professor Morse has received tenure, been promoted to associate professor and is active in teaching, research, and consulting. His ongoing research includes studying pathways followed by current during an electrical accident and analyzing the potential for injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Professor Morse has taught a broad array of classes but enjoys computer design classes and classes that focus on the interface between man and man's technology. Professor Morse rounded out his interest in technology and the law by pursuing and completing a law degree at USD Law School. After degree completion in 1999, Professor Morse passed the California bar and was licensed before the start of the new millennium. His legal interests currently include technology, academic, and civil rights law. Professor Morse weaves his legal knowledge into his teaching on a regular basis. Currently Professor Morse continues his involvement in teaching, research and consulting.