Ken Stauffer is a serial entrepreneur in life! His professional career spans 16 years at AT&T Bell Labs, and then another 16 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 currently the CEO & Co-Founder of Technology Assurance Labs.
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 leader the initiative as 2015-2016 Chair of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee. In his past-chair he has continued to provide guidance and vision to both the 2017 Steering Committee and IEEE Entrepreneurship 2018 Steering Committee. He is an IEEE Senior Member and Life member and has benefited from his IEEE affiliations for over 35 years.
Ken is also a dedicated member 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.
Ken is the Sr. Past Chair and Liaison, Social Impact of the 2019 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee. He is a judge and coordinator within the IEEE N3XT® Stars Program, was a co-chair 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 also presented on Entrepreneurship with IEEE numerous times including at an IEEE Signal Processing Event for Young Professionals interested in Entrepreneurship