In addition to playing the cello, Ken is also a professional geologist, engineering geologist and engineer, having earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. His professional career has spanned over 30 years and involved work on underground construction, tunnels and deep excavations, construction dewatering, landslides, groundwater management, water supply engineering, and environmental remediation projects. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at U.C. Berkeley where he taught Engineering Geology from 2004 to 2009. He currently engaged as a senior supervising geological engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff and led the geotechnical design of Phase 2 of the Central Subway project in San Francisco, currently under construction.
Ken is a founding member of the Musical Days in Forest Hill Board of Directors, a past President of the Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban School of San Francisco.