As a young Air Force pilot seeking refuge from a blizzard in an officer's club (a situation primed for deep thinking),
Ken received what turned out to be resonating career advice from a similarly grounded Navy pilot. He said, "try to only do work you care about and are passionate about. It takes work to find that job."
In the years that followed, several things became clear. The passion to understand aerodynamics, piloting, and cutting edge aviation technology only grew deeper. From flying supersonic aircraft to commanding complex surveillance airplanes on wartime missions, Ken loved the challenge and the technology.
Then came September 11, 2001. The impact on the families, our nation, and Ken's employer, United Airlines, changed everything overnight. Beginning on September 17, 2001 Ken was assigned to help the airline recover from the tragedy. In several roles, working for both United and the Air Line Pilots Association he helped evaluate new aircraft protection technologies and worked with government officials to explain how aircraft and airlines operate.
A little later he served as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Department of Defense on identifying payloads and conops that could help Predator UAVs defend our troops flying into and out of the Baghdad airport.
These experiences helped him define for himself what it really means to care about a job.
What Ken found was that autonomous technologies represent to him work he cares about and is passionate about. Catalyst-Go finished the work to find the job. In that spirit, to become part of the Catalyst-Go team you have to share this passion and demonstrate your commitment to it. Your eyes have to light up when you talk about autonomy. Otherwise, you need to keep looking.