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DAVID V. KERNS, JR., served as the Founding Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering from 1999 to 2007; he also was and continues to serve as the Franklin and Mary Olin Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prior to coming to Olin, Dr. Kerns was a Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University and served as Electrical Engineering Department Chair, Director of the Management of Technology Program, Associate Dean and Acting Dean. He also served in administrative and faculty positions at several other universities. In 1984 Dr. Kerns was the Founding Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Florida State University – FAMU College of Engineering. Dr. Kerns was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories early in his career and has co-founded several successful technology-based companies. He has received recent awards such as the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Educational Activities Board Major Educational Innovation Award in 2005, and the ASEE ECE Meritorious Service Award in 2010. He holds 13 patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE, has authored or co-authored numerous publications and two textbooks, and served two terms as President of the IEEE Education Society. His lifelong interest has been in advancing engineering education, engineering entrepreneurship, developing engineering leaders and microelectronics research.