After being selected as a Presidential Scholar in 1985, Ken graduated from Harvard and then finished a PhD in physics from Stanford University. After a few years of postdoctoral research in physics, Ken shifted careers into management consulting and went to work for McKinsey & Co. Consulting to many high tech companies in the Silicon Valley, he was elected partner and ultimately led McKinsey's software practice in North America. That proved to be a springboard for a variety of executive roles in the technology industry, first at Symantec, then BMC Software, and finally Intel, where Ken was Chief Strategy Officer. Ken is now a Board member of Entrust Datacard, a technology investor, and advises several Silicon Valley companies. He joined the Presidential Scholars Foundation Board of Directors in April 2016.