Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The Optical Society/SPIE



Term: 2016-2017
Kenneth Kort


Kenneth Kort holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo. As an undergraduate, Kenneth was a member of the University at Buffalo’s Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and served as a representative to the university’s Student Association. Kenneth is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, and Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, both of which he continued to be active with while in graduate school by serving as an advisor.

Kenneth’s graduate research focused on the synthesis, characterization, and spectroscopic studies of novel nanostructured materials. In 2011, Kenneth was selected as a National Science Foundation East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, where he spent a summer abroad in South Korea carrying out research at Pusan National University. In 2014, Kenneth served as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences where he worked on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board. He was also the recipient of the 2014-2015 New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Graduate Student Award for his research on Raman spectroscopy for the determination of free electron density in III-V semiconductors.

After his graduation, Kenneth was hired by the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics to assist with the launch of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, an advanced manufacturing institute to be operated by EWI. After his one year appointment with the University at Buffalo Kenneth became a full-time employee of EWI where he has worked within their additive manufacturing group and materials and testing group.

Kenneth is eager to serve as the 2016-2017 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow. He has long been interested in policy and believes that his scientific and technical background will allow him to meaningfully contribute to the legislative process, particularly those that pertain to renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and optoelectronics.