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Hi I'm Kenneth

I'm a father, a university professor, and a systems engineer. I study risk and hope to save the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently read the career advice to decide how you would spend your time if you had a million dollars, and then try to get someone to pay you to do it. I thought about this and decided my life is just right. I work for a non-profit research organization that helps solve multidisciplined systems engineering problems and I teach risk analysis to graduate students. I am married to my closest friend and have four brilliant children. One of my favorite activities is to play games with my family. Last week I went running with my six-year-old daughter (my oldest), she wore my GPS watch and we analyzed the data from our run afterwards. We talked about hearts and muscles, about trying hard, and having fun. I run about 10 miles per week and love to run outdoors in the cold. My wife cooks better than a fancy restraunt, and if I ever have something impressive while on a trip I just describe it to my wife and she creates a better version (after 5-6 tries), and then figures out how to make a "family/kid-friendly" version for under $6. My wife comes from a family where the females live past their 90s so I try hard to stay healthy in hopes that we can do service work together when we are old, retired, and rich. I have a secret passion to have a garden (and land) that is big enough to require a tractor and a home that produces enough power to sell back to the grid. (One of my graduate students last year worked with me on feasibility studies for implementing solar and biogas in Virginia.) I constantly measure wind and solar radiance in our neighborhood, but haven't quite convinced them to "go green."

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family in central Virginia (USA). My parents taught me to learn as much as I can, work hard, and stay honest. I remember as a teenager reflecting often on who/what I wanted to become. It was in high school that I first began to realize how strongly I believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in a grove of trees to answer his question about religion, and how strongly I believe that this boy was later called to be a prophet and restore the church of Jesus Christ. I often read the scriptures and pray and feel that God continues to lead me both through His church with inspired leaders and through personal feelings & prompting that help me to make correct choices, as long as I am willing to follow and listen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by putting my family first. My wife and I talk everyday about our kids and what they will need in the coming weeks and months. I live my faith by trying to be a good neighbor. I know the first name of almost everyone on my street and have always been available to lend tools, help rake leaves, and take dinner. My wife even taught one of our neighbors to use a sowing machine to fix some very expensive curtains in their home. I live my faith by helping families in my church. I've helped organize activities, taught youth to recognize talents and make good decisions, taught little kids to understand how much God loves them and why that should make them happy. I live my faith by being honest and kind in everything I do with my family, at my work, with my neighbors, and at my church.