Kevin T. Kornegay is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University. At the time of his MIT appointment, he was Assistant Professor at Purdue University. His research interests include: big bandgap semiconductor devices, smart power electronics and Power Electronic Building Blocks (PEBBs), wireless MEMS and integrated electronic for harsh environments, and VLSI design and CAD for VLSI; radio frequency and millimeter wave integrated circuit design, high-speed circuits, broadband wired and wireless communication systems, and cyber-physical systems.
Dr. Kornegay earned a BEE with honors (1985) from Pratt Institute. He holds both the MS (1990) and the PhD (1992) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before beginning his teaching career, he was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories and at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Kornegay served three years as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.
In 1997, he joined the faculty at Cornell University, where he became Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Director of the Cornell Broadband Communications Research Laboratory. His research on MEMS and integrated systems for harsh environments, wireless sensor systems, VLSI design, smart power electronics, and wide bandgap semiconductors attracted funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Alcoa Foundation. In 2005, Dr. Kornegay joined Georgia Institute of Technology as Motorola Professor in the School of ECE. He would remain there for five years before joining the faculty of Morgan State University.
Dr. Kornegay was selected as a participant in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and the German–American Frontiers of Engineering, where he later served on the organizing committee. Service on many other committees include: International Test Conference and the IEEE Computer Society Annual Workshop on VLSI; Editorial Board of the IEEE Design and Test of Computers Magazine; International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs; and the IEEE Industrial Applications Society Meeting. He is also Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.
Honors: Menschel Award, Cornell University Provost’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship; IBM Faculty Partnership Award; National Semiconductor Faculty Development Award; General Motors Faculty Fellowship Award; Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society; 2005 NSBE Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award. 1999 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine named him the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award in Higher Education. In 2004, he was named by Science Spectrum Magazine as one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science.
As a 1999-2000 MLK Visiting Professor at MIT, Dr. Kornegay was hosted by Assistant Professor Anantha P. Chandrakasan in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.