U.S. CCDC Army Research Laboratory
Ken Kwashnak graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD-CP) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. He spent a few years working at the UMD’s Cosmic Ray Physics Laboratory, maintaining the Antarctic ultra-long duration balloon-born (ULDB) particle detector and designing an upgraded particle detector that was installed on the International Space Station (ISS). Ken transitioned to a private telecommunications industry, GL Communications Inc., to take a lead role on mechanical design and integration of precision instrumentation, as well as managed and analyzed mass-transit infrastructure. Fast forward to today, where Ken is an Applied Physics Experimentalist and Researcher for SURVICE Engineering Company. He supports the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) investigating system feasibility/functionality, conceptualizing experimental apparatuses, fabricating prototype hardware, and establishing applications for proofing active protection systems for our warfighter. Ken is now working to obtain his Masters of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Controls degree at the John’s Hopkins University in order to pursue his passion of mechatronics and robotics.