Alumnus Profile: Dr. Gerald R. Kane of the University of Tulsa
Dr. Gerald Kane graduated from Washington University in 1968 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Kane, then, went on to earn both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. Following his graduation from Rice University, Dr. Kane joined the faculty at the University of Tulsa and served as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering there until 1975. After teaching at Auburn University and Southern Methodist University, Dr. Kane returned to the University of Tulsa as the Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1986 until May 2013. At this time, Dr. Kane currently holds the Hans P. Norberg Professorship in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tulsa. After a 42 year career as an engineering educator, Dr. Kane is looking forward to his retirement in December of 2014.
Dr. Kane specializes in the areas of embedded computer systems and robotics, and his contributions to this field are primarily in the area of engineering education. Dr. Kane has taught almost every required course in the undergraduate curriculum. He has also taught many electives and graduate courses in his area of expertise, with topics such as computer architecture, robotics, digital systems, VLSI design, microprocessors, and operating systems.
In addition to his work at the university level, Dr. Kane also helped to spark interest in engineering in high school students with his involvement in the FIRST Robotics. FIRST Robotics is a robotics competition for high school teams that challenge students to work together to solve problems similar to those that arise in professional engineering. Dr. Kane was involved with the FIRST Robotics program for over fifteen years, and has mentored two high school teams.
As an active member of his professional organizations, Dr. Kane holds the distinctions of being the President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (2008-2009), a senior member of IEEE, the Midwest Section Chair of the American Society for Engineering Education (2004), and the Chairman of the Central States Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (1998). Dr. Kane has also been a registered engineer for over thirty years, and holds and honorary doctorate from the Moscow Institute for Electrical Engineering and Technical University in Zelenograd.
Dr. Kane is not the only Washington U. alumnus in his family as his father, sister and wife (Cathryn Nee Hartmann) all have Washington U. degrees (two in engineering.)
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