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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chincoteague, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
Do.

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1955
Birth Location:
Lansing, Michigan

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chincoteague, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
Do.

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1955
Birth Location:
Lansing
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Biography

Chemist and chemistry professor Alvin P. Kennedy was born on June 1, 1955, to Helen Augusta Kennedy and Amos Paul Kennedy. He grew up in Grambling, Louisiana, where he attended Grambling Laboratory School and later Grambling High School. Kennedy attended Grambling State University during which time he participated in several research internships, graduating with his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1978. He pursued graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley with funding from an AT&T Bell Labs fellowship. His graduate research focused on the development of chemical lasers and the kinetics associated with spontaneous reactions. Kennedy received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1985.

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Kennedy was hired at Dow Chemical Company as a senior research chemist in central research, where he developed new polymer systems for microelectronic applications. He also produced sixteen internal publications and was promoted to project leader in central research at Dow in 1989. In 1991, Kennedy was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at North Carolina A&T State University, and in 1996, he was promoted to associate professor. He also received a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)/ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Research Fellowship at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1997. In 2000, Kennedy joined the faculty at Morgan State University as associate professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department. Kennedy has been a tenured professor at Morgan State University since 2002.

Kennedy received several patents throughout his career including two patents on laminates of polymers in 1993 and 1995. In 1998, he patented the Resin transfer molding process for composites. Kennedy has been the recipient of several honors including his 1998 appearance in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and his 2008 Henry McBay Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. He is married to Sharon Kennedy and has three children from a previous marriage.

Alvin Kennedy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 15, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his parents' academic careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alvin Kennedy discusses his family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alvin Kennedy describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alvin Kennedy shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alvin Kennedy lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alvin Kennedy talks about growing up in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his early school experiences in Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alvin Kennedy details his childhood experience in Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alvin Kennedy recalls his early interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alvin Kennedy describes his junior high school and high school experiences in Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alvin Kennedy recounts his undergraduate experience at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alvin Kennedy remembers coaching his high school basketball team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alvin Kennedy discusses his scientific influences during college at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alvin Kennedy talks about faculty members at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alvin Kennedy talks about football at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alvin Kennedy discusses being raised as a Methodist.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alvin Kennedy talks about the interplay between science and religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alvin Kennedy talks about himself as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alvin Kennedy describes his internships during college at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alvin Kennedy discusses his internship at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his graduate school experience at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alvin Kennedy describes the field of physical chemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alvin Kennedy remembers racial difficulties during graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alvin Kennedy talks about graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alvin Kennedy describes his graduate research with chemical lasers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his graduate school experience at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alvin Kennedy details his final dissertation defense
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alvin Kennedy talks about how his family influenced his graduate school experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alvin Kennedy reflects on his decision to go into industry after graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alvin Kennedy describes his experience at Dow Chemical Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alvin Kennedy discusses his career move to North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Alvin Kennedy describes his awards and patents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Alvin Kennedy remembers the reaction to one of his early National Science Foundation grant proposals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his transition to teaching at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alvin Kennedy talks about getting funding at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alvin Kennedy recalls leaving North Carolina A&T State University for Morgan State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alvin Kennedy details his initiatives at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alvin Kennedy recalls Morgan State University students' reactions to focus on research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his involvement in NOBCChE and the American Chemical Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alvin Kennedy discusses the future of his field and his long-term vision for the Morgan State University chemistry department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alvin Kennedy talks about his spouse and children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Alvin Kennedy reflects on his life's accomplishments