Dr. Kevin Kahn is an Intel Senior Fellow, the corporation’s highest technical position, and Director of Communications Technology in Intel Labs, the corporate advanced development and research labs organization. His responsibilities include all communications technologies including radio, optical, and copper physical layer technologies, CMOS communications circuits work, packet processing, and higher layer protocols. Additionally, he helps drive communications strategies and policy for the corporation. Some of his primary current focuses are broadband access to the home, wireless LANs and PANs, spectrum policy, and related Internet issues. He also chairs the Intel Communications Research Council, which oversees research activities between Intel and academic programs. He currently serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council, the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, and on various academic advisory committees. He is a past member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council.
In prior lab assignments Dr. Kahn has played a variety of roles in strategic and technical planning and research. These included managing large labs in operating systems and Internet communications.
Dr. Kahn represents Intel in various industry consortia and various government policy forums. He has lectured widely at Universities in the U.S. and abroad about Intel and personal research activities. He previously served on the National Academy of Science Broadband Last Mile Study Panel, served as the co-chair of the Universal ADSL Working Group, an industry alliance dedicated to accelerating the deployment of consumer ADSL services for higher speed Internet access, and served as a Director of the DSL Forum.
Dr. Kahn joined Intel in 1976 after completing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Purdue University. Prior to that, he had received an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Manhattan College. Throughout his long career with Intel, he has worked in system software development, operating systems, processor architecture, and various strategic planning roles. He has held both management and senior individual contributor roles. He holds multiple patents in processor architecture and communications technologies.
Dr. Kahn is based at Intel’s facility in Hillsboro, Oregon.