Professor Kovacs' research areas include the development of non-invasive instruments for cardiovascular medicine; sensors for prediction of epileptic seizures; cell-based systems for drug discovery and testing of stem-cell cardiac therapies; titration of medical care via embedded systems; and remote delivery of laboratory electronics education. He teaches hands-on undergraduate courses in analog circuit design and medical instrument design. He is led the initial development of the Bioengineering graduate core curriculum sequence. He has extensive industry experience, including the co-founding of Cepheid, which has shipped more than 25 million DNA diagnostic assays. He has a long history of government service for DARPA, NASA and other agencies. In 2003 he was the Investigation Scientist for the debris team investigating the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and was Director of the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA from 2008 through 2010.