Ken also has significant industry experience on everything from household water pumps to defense projects to automotive engine systems. His favorite project was for General Motors back in 2001, where he helped develop a system for large, gas-guzzling V8 engines to shut down to 4 cylinders to improve fuel economy. This system, known as Displacement on Demand, is still used today in GM’s vehicles and has expanded in use with its success.
Ken got his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in 2011 in Engineering Education. His dissertation applied human motivation theory to engineering professors to see if and how they try to deliver quality teaching.
He has taught at 6 different colleges and a charter school, working with students from high school through doctoral levels. His most recent work has been with Colorado State University, where he helped create a program for hybrid-vehicle engineering, and with Colorado Early Colleges, where he headed up the math department for the first two years of the school’s operation.
Alyson grew up in southwestern Virginia with an amazing family surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2010 in Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise. During and after receiving this degree, Alyson began a lifelong journey of studying nutrition, food choices, exercise, and human happiness from all angles – including many subjects that are not taught in a conventional degree program. This journey has broadened her horizons and made her passionate about learning, education, and individuality. Since being diagnosed with a chronic illness of her own, Alyson has been on a journey of her own self-study, living each day in ecstatic exploration of what works for her body, armed with rituals and routines that help her to maintain life balance.
Alyson holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is a registered and licensed occupational therapist in the states of Colorado and Wyoming. Her focus and passion in this degree program was on empowering her clients to explore life balance and how it fits into their unique lives. After graduation, she accepted a position as an OT working with adults and older adults and assisted her colleagues in developing a comprehensive program for helping clients to manage symptoms of chronic illnesses.