Bob FielderKen Conklin

From 2005 through 2011, while with Cobham Defense Electrronics, Ken led the overall management of a major manufacturer and design of gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic circuits.  Direct reports included directors of operations, engineering, quality, program managemen, and human resources. As General Manager, he directed the profit and loss of the organization, budgeting, customer development and strategic planning.  Ken also led the relocation of the facility from its campus in Roanoke, Virginia to a new modern facility in Blacksburg, VA.

Prior to joining Cobham Ken held business development related roles with Hughes Aircraft, IBM and RFMD.  His experience includes introducing new products for defense, space, and commercial applications including those for advanced radar systems, military space programs, and navigation systems enabled by GPS.  Notable programs to which Ken introduced products were the DOD’s MilStar program and NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite.  While at Hughes he collaborated in the founding of a product line which designed and produced novel millimeter-wave back haul radios for supporting the cellular telephone infrastructure.

He also was involved in the launch a start-up company specializing in low power consumption GPS receivers.   This start-up, RFDomus, merged with GloNav which was eventually acquired by NXP. 

Ken is a widely published author of humorous “slice of life” essays. 

When Ken is not involved in any of the above endeavors he can be found hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, or knocking off one of the 277 mountain peaks over 5,000 feet in Southern California, or golfing.