While at East, 1978 graduate Ken Hill was a member of the National Honor Society and won the math competition in his senior year. That honor earned him a Presidential Achievement Scholarship to the University of South Colorado. He graduated from USC in 1982 with a major in Metallurgy and a minor in Mathematics.
Ken began his professional career with Hughes Aircraft Company in California. He was a systems Engineering Physical Requirements Manager, a position that included responsibility for defining the physical requirements for numerous aircraft and radar systems. He also developed engineering solutions to environmental issues faced by many Southern California manufacturing companies.
In 1998 Ken and his wife Ilene relocated their family to Massachusetts to begin a second career with Raytheon. He is currently director of the Mechanical Engineering Directorate, responsible for mechanical, manufacturing, industrial and materials engineering and configuration and data management at multiple locations across the country.
His expertise is not limited to the technical but also extends to projects designed to help others. He developed a Front Line Leader Development Program at Raytheon to expand the pool of engineers ready to become effective frontline leaders.