Ralph K. Cavin
Chief Scientist Emeritus
A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Ralph K. Cavin received his BSEE (1961) and MSEE (1962) from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1968. He served as a Senior Engineer at the Martin-Marietta Company in Orlando, Florida, from 1962-1965. At Martin, Cavin was involved in the design and manufacture of missile guidance and control systems.
After taking his Ph.D., Cavin joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A & M University where he obtained the rank of Full Professor and also served the department as Assistant Head for Research. In 1983, he joined the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) where he served as Director of Design Sciences research programs until 1989. He became Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University from 1989-1994 and was Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University from 1994-1995. From 1996 to 2006, he served as SRC's Vice President of Research Operations and in January 2007 became their Chief Scientist.
Cavin’s technical interests include CMOS and emerging information processing devices, technologies and architectures, design methodologies and tools, signal processing applications, control systems, and modeling and simulation of physical systems. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed technical papers and contributions to books. Cavin is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has participated actively in society programs. He serves as a consultant to a number of government, industrial, and academic institutions and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Engineering Consortium and the IEEE Computer Advisory Board.