Douglas Melton
KERN Family Foundation
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Dr. Douglas Melton is an electrical engineer, an engineering educator and researcher, and an advocate for the intentional development of an entrepreneurial mindset and character in engineering graduates because they are critical contributors to the U.S. workforce and economy, and their contributions can have profound societal impact. Since 2012, Dr. Melton has served as Program Director for the Kern Family Foundation. In that role, he helped grow a network of 49 university partners, known as KEEN, who share the mission of developing entrepreneurially minded engineers. Through joint work with the faculty at partner universities, Dr. Melton has established the Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development program, coupling the teaching, research, and service aims of faculty members to this shared mission. The program serves hundreds of faculty members across the country annually. Prior to work at the Kern Family Foundation, Melton was a faculty member for seventeen years within the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kettering University. He has served as the Director of Research & Development for Digisonix Incorporated. Within this industry venture, his team developed a range of patented active sound and vibration control technology used today in aircraft, vehicles, and building infrastructure.

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