Ken Ross

Ken Ross

Member at Large

Ken retired on December 31, 2015 after 40 years in Information Technology. He began his career at IBM, doing AI research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory. He then went to Texas Instruments, as an AI researcher where he was granted several patents. He subsequently worked in technology management roles at Texas Instruments and Oracle, and then in executive management as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at several corporations including Thomson Reuters, IntelliCorp, Connect, Woodside Technologies and Hunter Systems.

Ken received a B.S from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1981. He has served as a volunteer instructor in the MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program and as an Educational Counselor for the MIT Admissions Office, interviewing applicants to MIT. He has served as a member of the advisory board for the Information Technology Management department of the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. Ken also served as a member of the Board of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

Ken grew up near the water in Brooklyn, New York. He developed a love of fishing at early age, fishing in both fresh and saltwater starting at age 7. He has been an avid fisherman ever since and really enjoys sharing his love of fishing with others. After retiring, he began volunteering with Let’s Go Fishing so that he could take others fishing, especially those who otherwise would not be able to go fishing.

Ken and his wife Valerie of 38 years live in Eden Prairie and have 2 grown daughters. One is in the Twin Cities. The other lives in Michigan with her husband, and is expecting their first grandchild in February.

During his 40 year career, Ken has developed expertise in information technology, business, education and finance, as well as in fundraising and non-profit management. He is joining the Board of Let’s Go Fishing to share that expertise and help the organization grow and evolve.