Kenneth Hicks received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Colorado in 1984. He then worked as a Research Scientist at Canada’s TRIUMF laboratory before moving to Ohio University in 1988. His primary area of research is the spectroscopy of hadrons, or how quarks can be arranged to form short-lived particles. Working with researchers both in Japan and at Jefferson Lab in the USA, he has taken part in experimental searches for “light” pentaquarks. He is currently serving a two-year rotation as Program Director for experimental nuclear physics at the National Science Foundation.