Ken Polasko has 20 years of experience in technology commercialization, research and development, and manufacturing. He came to AzTE from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was the Director of Business Development and Industry-Sponsored Research.
Before joining UCLA, Polasko held various positions within Motorola, including: Director, Technology and Quality; Director, Research and Development; Manufacturing Manager; Manager, Technology Transfer and Protection, and established a successful internal venturing fund (Eureka). He began his industrial career as a researcher for GE’s Corporate Research & Development Center in Schenectady, New York where he was part of the original team that developed GE’s digital, medical, x-ray imaging technology now in many hospitals. During his graduate work at Stanford, he served as the CTO for a startup company based in Palo Alto, CA utilizing sensory deprivation to improve athletic performance.
Polasko has a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In addition, he holds an M.S. in materials science, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Polasko conceived and led an effort resulting in the awarding of one of the original Feynman Prizes proposed in Richard Feynman’s classic talk “There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom.” Polasko is the Advisory Board Chair for the Professional Science Master’s in Nanoscience Program at ASU. He has four issued patents and 17 technical publications.