Dr. Stephen Kahne is Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ and a specialist in control systems engineering. He was Chancellor of Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus. He earned his BEE from Cornell University, and MS and PhD from the University of Illinois, all in electrical engineering.
Before coming to Embry-Riddle in 1995 Dr. Kahne taught electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, Case Western Reserve University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and the Oregon Graduate Center. He also held positions of laboratory director, department head, dean, and president at these institutions. His one hundred research publications span many aspects of systems engineering from computer control to environmental systems planning. His publications appear in major international journals including Proceedings of the IEEE, various IEEE Transactions, and Scientific American. During his career his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration and several industrial companies. In addition he has served as a consultant in both industrial and forensic settings and has been an expert witness in patent litigation. He founded and served on the board of an environmental design firm in Minneapolis in the 1970s.
Outside the academic community Kahne was Director of the Division of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at the National Science Foundation. He worked for the MITRE Corp. as a chief engineer, chief scientist, and consulting engineer specializing in air traffic control and ground transportation systems. He also was Executive Director of a small non-profit foundation supporting legislative efforts in pre-college technical education. He served on the Governing Board of the Process Control Systems Forum, a cyber-security industrial consortium under the auspices of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Kahne has been elected to major leadership roles in professional societies. He was President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). In the IEEE he was President of the Control Systems Society, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, member of the IEEE Board of Directors, and Vice President of the IEEE for Technical Activities. Among his professional recognitions are elections as IEEE Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and IFAC Fellow. He was awarded the IEEE Centennial Medal. He is a member of the American MENSA Society. He was Chairman of the Publications Managing Board of a publishing joint venture between IFAC and Elsevier Science Limited in Oxford, Great Britain. He was one of three Trustees of the IFAC Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. He is one of about 15 IFAC Advisors world-wide. He was a member of the editorial board of 6 technical journals and one technical handbook in the control field. He has reviewed papers and books for professional societies and publishers. He is listed in Who's Who in America.
Civic leadership has been an important part of Dr. Kahne's community activities where he has concentrated in healthcare organization governance. He was a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Yavapai County, Arizona, a former Vice President and Board member of the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and Vice Chairman and Director of the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Previously he was a member of the Board of Electors and Board of Trustees of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center and a Regent of the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. He is a board member of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and volunteers with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Probation Department of Yavapai County of Arizona.