Ken Stauffer is a serial entrepreneur in life! His professional career spans 16 years at AT&T Bell Labs, and then another 20 years as an entrepreneur—first with a $480M startup in Florida and then with several other start-ups, which took in venture capital funding. Stauffer is the Co-Founder of Technology Assurance Labs and was the CEO for 15 years.
Ken was part of the volunteer team charted in 2014 by then IEEE President J. Boisson Roberto deMarca to develop a plan for IEEE to improve our engagement of entrepreneurial members. Ken then helped lead the initiative as 2015-2016 Chair of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee. In his past-chair role, he has continued to provide guidance and vision to both the 2017 Steering Committee and IEEE Entrepreneurship 2018 Steering Committee. In 2019, He was appointed by the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee as a Liaison to the 2019 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee following his efforts to promote IEEE and Entrepreneurship with the IEEE Africa Initiative. He is an IEEE Senior Member and Life member benefiting from his IEEE affiliations for over 35 years.
Ken is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Vaughn College, an institution steeped with a history of aeronautical and aviation engineering innovation as well as a focus on mechatronics and related fields.
Outside of his professional life, Stauffer was born and raised in Tanzania, is a native speaker of Swahili and English, taught celestial navigation, studied philosophy, was a serious rock climber, and an Actor’s Equity Stage Manager.
In addition to his efforts in launching and chairing the Entrepreneurship Community within IEEE, Ken is a judge and coordinator within the IEEE Entrepreneurship Stars Program (previously known as the IEEE N3XT Stars Program,) was a co-judge of IEEE N3XT® 2016 Austin and IEEE N3XT® 2015 Toronto. He has served on the 2017 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and 2018 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee. Ken has presented on Entrepreneurship within IEEE numerous times including at an IEEE Signal Processing Event for Young Professionals interested in Entrepreneurship and in Rwanda for a 5-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship. Ken is also the Chair 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.