Mr. W. Kenneth Wilson

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PhD, Physics, Michigan State University 1991
B.A., Physics, Philosophy, University of North Carolina 1984
PhD Physics University of Michigan, University of Michigan

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Dr. Ken Wilson attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville as an undergrad where he received degrees in physics and in philosophy in 1984. The same year he married a fellow physics student, Mary Samuel, and they have been together over 35 years.

Ken did his graduate work at Michigan State University where he focused on high energy nuclear reactions until 1990. He performed experiments in nuclear physics at Michigan State, Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California, TRIUMF lab in Vancouver, Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, and the University of Nantes in France. After his postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, starting in 1992 he spent seven years as an Assistant Professor (Research) at Wayne State University in Detroit where he enjoyed teaching much more than research. He left academia in 1999 to become an internet engineer for several years and in 2002 Mary and Ken had their only child, Kira Delenn.

He eventually decided to do what he loved: teaching. He completed a post-baccalaureate teacher education program at Eastern Michigan University in 2004. He spent five years teaching various science classes at the Ann Arbor Academy in Michigan, a school for students with average to above average intelligence who experienced learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. He joined the faculty at Gunston in 2009 and currently resides with his wife, daughter, standard poodle, and cat in Easton. At Gunston he teaches Physics, Robotics, and mentors the Science and Engineering Club.

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