Ken Pickar
Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering

California Institute of Technology
208 Gates-Thomas, Mail Code 104-44
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-4185


E/ME 105

E 102a

E 102b

E/ME 103

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E 102b The Fall Entrepreneurship Class finished with 4 Teams presenting their Results. The Teams all did well!

Winter 2016 E/ME/MedE 105a Design for Freedom from Disability will begin soon. The class has been extended to 2 quarters (winter and spring) in order to give us time to iterate on our designs and to test them on people. Our strong relationship with Andy Lin and Phil Requejo of Rancho Los Amigos continues and we look forward to some great talks and partnerships with patients. The relationship with Art Center's Nate Allen also continues. We will all visit Rancho (in Downey) for the second lecture to tour the facility and generate ideas to work on for the Class.

At the end of the sequence we are optimistic that some projects will move to adoption!

Credits: 3-0-6, Graded or Pass/Fail
Time: Tuesday and Thursday 14:30-15:55
Location: B101 BBB
Who: Open to Caltech and Art Center Students
Prerequisites: E 102a, E103, E 105, BEM courses useful but not required
Professor Kenneth Pickar
TA Tatiana Roy

Ken Pickar
Visiting Professor of Mechanical and Medical Engineering, 1998-present,
J. Stanley Johnson Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1999-2003

Caltech Associates talk on "Product Design for the Developing World" class. More on Making Wheelchairs for the Developing World.

Interview on the Frank Peter's show

Teaching Areas of Interest
My classes are taught at the junction of science, engineering and business by applying my background in mechanical and electrical engineering technology management and in physics. I am particularly interested in the start-up and continuous growth of technology-based companies, and the modification of normative product development processes to address developing world challenges. 

Faculty Advisor
Entrepreneur's Club
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Consulting Club

Business Background (partial)
Allied Signal (now Honeywell) Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology
GE Corporate R&D Manager of The Electronics Laboratories
Bell Laboratories Member of the Technical Staff

Boards of Director Positions

Public: Neustar (1999-2011) IPO New York Stock Exchange in 2005
Ness Technologies (2003-2008) NASDAQ
Level One (1999-2000) NASDAQ sold to Intel in 2000

H2Scan (2004-2011 )
(also many advisory roles)

Non Profit:

Albany Medical School and Medical Center (1988-1992)
Los Angeles County Regional Food Bank (2004- ). Central food distributer.
South Coast Botanical Garden (2005- ) Los Angeles County Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes
Intelligent Mobility (2007- ) non profit wheelchair provider spun out of E/ME 105
(Also many advisory committees)

Tech Coast Angels (Southern California early stage investing network)
Executive committee LA Chapter (1999- )

B.S., Queens College, City University of New York;
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Critical Velocity of Superfluid Liquid Helium Films)

The Associated Students of Caltech (ASCIT) Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004-2005)