Ken Gracey California-credentialed educator, CEO of Parallax
Ken Gracey is a California-credentialed educator and the CEO of Parallax. Parallax is a 40-person team focused on embedded electronics education. Recently the company designed and fabricated the Propeller Multicore Microcontroller, the first open source ASIC of its type. Ken is regarded as an enthusiastic advocate of American manufacturing, the company staff and specifically the educational customers. He started Parallax’s embedded electronics educational program in 1997 and has continued to lead it with new curriculum in process control, sensors, robotics and most recently small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) with the company’s ELEV-8 V3 quadcopter. The venture into sUASs brought forth many unique considerations not relevant with small robots such as classroom management, safety, facilities, learning objectives, employment opportunities and cost. This Spring Parallax has enrolled 20 educators in their first-ever three-day sUAS Educator’s Course at the company’s Rocklin, California headquarters.
In his spare time Ken builds robots, runs his own week-long whitewater expeditions, and enjoys outdoor activities throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains with his family.