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NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7914
Director, Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITNG)
Dennis H. Kekas, PE is the Executive Director of the Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng). Prior to his current position, Mr. Kekas was Division Director of Technical Strategy for IBM’s Networking Division. He held numerous other executive positions within IBM with extensive product development and financial P&L successes in networking, point-of-sale, and financial transaction systems.
Mr. Kekas has been exceptionally successful in developing and introducing innovative award winning products into the marketplace using innovation as a major competitive strategy. His results oriented entrepreneurial approach fosters innovation, teamwork, and high morale in start-up and turn-around situations. He frequently speaks on topics such as “Break Through Innovation in the Digital Age,” “Stimulating Creativity,” “Reinventing High Tech,” and “Inventing the Future”.
Mr. Kekas holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University with graduate work at Syracuse and NC State Universities. He attended IBM Corporate Management School and the UCLA Modern Engineering program. A Professional Engineer in New York and North Carolina, Mr. Kekas holds eight worldwide patents and received numerous IBM awards for outstanding inventions, technical achievements, and management excellence.
In 1994 and 1995 he was President of the Clemson University Alumni Association and served on the Clemson Foundation as a director. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Clemson in 1999.
Other activities include serving as Board Chairman for a start-up as well as an advisor to new start-ups such as LightSpin Technologies, Occulan, Togabi, Porivo and Pearl Street Investors Group. He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board Member for the Clemson University Research Foundation.
Previously he was an advisor to the US Army Focused Research Initiative on wireless, IBM representative to the Research Triangle Directors Club, Industrial Advisory Board for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory/University of Tennessee joint program on VLSI, board member of Artspace, past chapter president of Optimist International and President of the Holy Trinity Parish Council of Raleigh, NC.
Mr. Kekas and his wife Joyce reside in Raleigh, NC.
| Selected Publications
- Kekas, Dennis. Three Phase Trigger Generation. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. February 1965.<br />
Kekas, Dennis. Automated Type Width Measurement. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. July 1965, April 1976. <br />
Kekas, Dennis. Electronics Tab/Backspace Control. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. March 1971.<br />
Kekas, Dennis. Technologies for Locating Shorts in Printed Circuit Boards. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. March 1966.<br />
Kekas, Dennis. Trigger Generators Used in Recording Power Line Transients. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. July 1966.<br />
- Patents<br />
Pluggable Terminal Architecture, issued 7/2/85, number 4,527,285.<br />
Compact Shuttle Printer Mechanics, issued 9/6/83, number 4,402,620.<br />
Pluggable Modular Terminal, issued 1/10/82.<br />
Pivotally Mounted Circuit Board Holder, issued 5/19/81, number 4,268,100.<br />
Early Reconfigurable Data Entry Terminal, issued 6/17/80, number 4,208,081.<br />
Positioning Indicating and Control System, issued 8/21/73, number 3,754,216.<br />
Mechanical Key Actuator, including a Cantilever Beam Restoring Force Means, issued 6/6/72, number 3,668,356.<br />
Oscillograph Recording Apparatus and Method, issued 10/13/70, number 3,534,380.<br />
- Synergistic Activities<br />
·Professional speaker to business and associations on topics: “Breakthrough Innovation,” Inventing the <br />
Future,” “Stimulating Creativity,” Re-engineering High Tech Corporations,” and “Quality Begins <br />
with Design.” <br />
·Implemented innovative network partnering lab on Centennial campus.<br />
·Self-funding model with state-of-the-art infrastructure teaching & research mission.<br />