Irwin S. Goldberg, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Richter Math-Engineering Center, Room 235



  • B.S., Drexel University, 1963
  • M.S., Lehigh University, 1965
  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 1970

Irwin Goldberg, Ph.D. has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Physics. His Ph.D. thesis involved mathematical physics related to problems in elastic wave propagation. He had further training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biophysics at the University of Chicago.

He was the Director of the Analog Computing and Simulation Laboratory for the Division of Biological Sciences and Medicine at the University of Chicago. There he developed mathematical models involving blood flow in arteries, air flow in lungs, deposition of aerosol particles in the lungs, anesthetic drug uptake and biochemical kinetics.

He came to St. Mary’s University in 1980 as an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Physics and Engineering. Goldberg worked with other members of the Engineering Department to get ABET accreditation for the Electrical Engineering Program. He has taught 24 courses in the Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering Departments at St. Mary’s University. He is currently a Full Professor of Engineering.

He spent summers as a participant in Navy-ASEE Summer Faculty Research Program at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, as a participant in the Air Force O.S.R. Grant, as research participant in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and as a researcher at US Army Research Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. In the 2006-2007 academic year, he was awarded a grant to conduct research with the U.S. Air Force Laser Radiation Laboratory in San Antonio.

He served as a referee/reviewer for the Journals  Mathematical Biosciences, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, IEEE Transactions on Education, and ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

Goldberg is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas.

  • Mathematical modeling of wave propagation
  • Aerosol particle mechanics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Elasticity theory
  • Biomathematics
  • Engineering education