Ken Smith: profile

Background: 

Stanford Center on Longevity
Senior Research Scholar and Director, Mobility Division

Ken Smith directs the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity, where he focuses on leveraging Stanford research to help individuals remain mobile and physically independent through lifestyle changes and alterations to the built environment.  He is also the organizer of the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge, a worldwide university competition that asks young designers to address issues around longevity and brings finalists to Stanford to present to industry, academia, and the investment community.

Ken brings a broad background of over 20 years of management and engineering experience to his role, including positions in the computing, aerospace, and solar energy industries. He developed a special expertise in working closely with university faculty to develop projects while at Intel, where he was deeply involved in the creation and management of their network of university research labs. Ken holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois with an M.S. from the University of Washington. He lives in the Silicon Valley and is married with two children.