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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineering Professor
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1959
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineering Professor
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1959
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Electrical engineer and engineering professor Kevin Kornegay was born on March 24, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York to Dorothy and Thomas Kornegay. Kornegay was one of five children in the family. He attended the Pratt Institute where he graduated with his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1985. During college, Kornegay held a summer internship at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he worked for a year before going to the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in 1990 and 1992. In 1992, Kornegay wrote the chapter, "Chip and Board Testing," in, "Anatomy of a Silicon Compiler." Between 1998 and 2009, Kornegay was issued six U.S. patents for his work.

Kornegay became an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 1994. In 1997, Kornegay was the Dr. Martin L. King visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1998 to 2005, he served as an assistant and associate professor at Cornell University. In 2006, Kornegay joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology and became the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focused on computer chips and systems that make high-speed data transport possible through air, wire or optical fibers.

In 2002, U.S. Black Engineer Magazine named Kornegay the Black Engineer of the Year and he was featured in, "Science Spectrum." and. "U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology." as one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science in 2004. In 2005, the National Society of Black Engineers bestowed Kornegay its Golden Torch Award for Educator of the Year.

He lives in Georgia and has two sons, Kevin Jr. and Justin.

Kornegay was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 15, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kevin Kornegay's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his siblings and his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay describes his New York City neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kevin Kornegay shares the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his childhood interests and hobbies, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his childhood interests and hobbies, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay describes his middle school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his childhood church and chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his experience at Andrew Jackson High School in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his grades in school and his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay talks about choosing a major at the Pratt Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay explains how Bell Laboratories influenced him to become an engineer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay talks about working as a DJ during college, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay talks about working as a DJ during college, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his interest in the physical processes of electronics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay describes his talent in information processing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his decision to attend University of California, Berkeley for graduate school, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his mentors and family support system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his decision to attend University of California, Berkeley for graduate school, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay talks about getting married and working at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his involvement in the Black Engineering and Science Students Association at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay talks about notable scientists at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay describes his relationship with Dr. Robert Brodersen, his advisor at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay explains his Ph.D. dissertation on circuit testing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay recalls how he ended up working for IBM after graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay explains his decision to attend Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his research on silicon carbide at Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay explains why he left Purdue University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay describes his move to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay talks about being a black engineer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay talks about the World Championship for the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay talks about the World Championship for the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay talks about winning the World Championship for the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his awards and publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Kevin Kornegay explains his research in data transport
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Kevin Kornegay talks about the applications of data transport
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his research at Georgia Institute of Technology and the future of information technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his Ph.D. students through the years
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Kevin Kornegay talks about his family and children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Kevin Kornegay says how he would like to be remembered