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Engineering educator

David Vincent Kerns,, American engineering educator. Named Engineer of the Year, Society Professional Engineers, 1979; recipient Creative Technical award National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1980, Ronald J. Schmitz award Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Society Engineering Education, 1994.


Kerns,, David Vincent was born on February 11, 1945 in Bradenton, Florida, United States. Son of David Vincent and Dorothea (Boyd) Kerns.


Bachelor of Science, Florida State University, 1967. Master of Science, Florida State University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1971.


Assistant professor, Bucknell U., Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1971-1973;technical staff, Bell laboratories, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1973-1975;assistant professor, Auburn (Alabama) U., 1975-1980;vice president/president, Insouth Microsystems, Auburn, 1980-1983;professor and chair department electrical engineering, FAMU/Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1984-1987;professor and chair department electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1987-1993;associate dean and distinguished professor School Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1993-1995;acting dean, distinguished professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1995-1996;distinguished professor, director management technology program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, since 1996. Member university advising committee Semiconductor Research Corporation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, since 1988. General chairman Frontiers in Education Conference, Nashville, 1992.

Secretary-treasurer Radiation Microsci., Nashville, since 1987.


  • Achievements include patents on programmable gain operational amplifier, electromechanical transducer strain sensor arrangement and construction. Co-developer first thin-film transistors on flexible substrates, technology for manufacturing silicon accelerometes, first diamondbased gas sensors, radiation tolerant electronics, study of human resources management in international high-tech companies, development of curriculum for teaching entrepreneurship to engineers, asynchronous distance education.



Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (education society secretary since 1999). Member American Society Engineering Education, American Society Engineering Management, Institute Management Sciences, Southeast Consortium for Electrical Engineering Educators (board directors 1990-1993), Southeast Electrical Engineering Department Heads (president 1991-1993), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu.


Married Sherra Elizabeth Diehl, May 2, 1987. Children: Melissa Caryl, David Vincent III, Sarah Horan Lange.

David Vincent Kerns,

Dorothea (Boyd) Kerns,

Sherra Elizabeth Diehl

Melissa Caryl Kerns,

David Vincent III Kerns,

Sarah Horan Lange Kerns,