to the mechanical engineering staff, where he performed theoretical analyses, produced reports, and participated in the design of steam-powered stations for private utilities. During the war years, he was heavily engaged in the design of the power plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which supplied the gaseous-diffusion plant for the Manhattan Project. For a short time during 1944–1945, he left S&L to work as a weight-control engineer for the Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, California, but he soon returned to S&L, where he worked on the design of numerous steam-powered plants for Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago.
In 1956, he became a partner in S&L and was made responsible for all of the company’s projects for Commonwealth Edison. In 1964, as manager of the Mechanical and Nuclear Department, he became responsible for all of the company’s mechanical and nuclear design work. In 1965, he was promoted to director of engineering, in 1966 to senior partner, and then to chief executive officer of the firm until his retirement in 1974, when the firm numbered some 3,400 employees.
During his career at S&L, Ken was directly responsible for the design of 16 Commonwealth Edison Company power plants with a total capacity of more than 5,000 MW. One of those plants, the Ridgeland Station (1948), was one of the first central stations to operate at 1,800 psig and 1050° F with a central control room for multiple units. This plant raised early concerns about the “downwash” of flue gases from short stacks dictated by a nearby airport and had an innovatively designed coal bunker to accommodate the finely crushed coal required for the boiler’s cyclone burners. The design of another plant, the Joliet Power Station of 1960, which incorporated one of the first applications of the “unit-train” concept for the delivery of coal, encountered many unusual design problems. In 1964, Ken was instrumental in the development of the “man-made lake” concept for cooling water for the Kincaid Station.
Ken was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Power Test Code Committee No. 6 on Steam Turbines, a member of the ASME Advisory Committee on Nuclear Power, a member of ASA B-3 1 Code for Pressure