Ken Smith is a mechanical engineer specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of escalators and moving walks. Smith received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1985 and began his career with Montgomery Elevator in 1985 as a project engineer. In 1992, he went to Drives Inc. as product engineering manager, then returned to KONE in 2000 as manager of Engineering Services. He began working full time at his consulting firm, Ken Smith & Associates LLC, in 2003, and has more recently become a partner in eMCP, LLC. He holds patents in the U.S. and internationally. He is a member of the ASME A17 Escalator and Moving Walk and B29 Chain committees.