Ken is a native Oregonian, born in Portland. He attended Benson Polytechnic High School. Following high school he attended Portland State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Ken continued graduate work at Portland State University in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Ken spent ten years working with Georgia Pacific Corporation in Albany as a Senior Development Chemist and Project Manager. During this time, he was responsible for implementation of all new air and water pollution control technology for eleven formaldehyde plants in the United States and for issuing and monitoring air and water pollution control permits. In addition, he developed an heterogeneous catalyst for production of formaldehyde from methanol.
In 1983, Ken opened his own small business firm, Hydrokinetic Systems, Inc. in Salem. For the next twenty years, his company specialized in wastewater treatment systems, including resource recovery, waste treatment, chemical feed and recycle systems, serving businesses from Alaska to Mexico. Example of projects included:
Agricultural: OR Cherry Growers, Salem; St. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA; Jackson Family Wine, McMinnville; Smuckers, Oroville, CA
Electronics: Electro Scientific Industries, Beaverton; Fujitsu, Gresham; ChemTrace Electronics, Gresham; Integrated Circuits, Everett, WA; TTM, Redmond, WA
Industrial: Deacero, Saltillo, MX; Red Dog Mine, Kotzebue, Alaska; Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA; Van Waters & Rogers, Portland; Cascade Chemical, Seattle; NASA Ames Research Facility, Sunnyvale, CA; Mt. Hood Chemical, Portland, Precision Castparts, Portland; Titanium Industries, Albany; Rogue Circuits, Medford; Preagitzer Industries, Dallas
Ken received continued professional development complementing his goals to provide improved waste water treatments for his customers. Professional development has included:
CLE Course on Storm Water Discharges - NPDES Regulations and NPDES Permit Requirements.
Institute for Professional Advancement - EPA Stack Gas Emissions Sampling Methodology.
Institute for Professional Advancement - Surface Characterization using SEM and Raman Laser Spectroscopy.
Ken maintained active involvement in Professional Associations which included:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
American Chemical Society.