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Commissioner Al Herron, MSEE

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Region: 
King County
Term: 
First Term; Appointed January 2015
Term Expires: 
November, 2017

Al is a Particle Physicist, Electrical Engineer, and Entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Management, Strategy & Innovation Specialization. He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of Compact Linear Accelerator Technology, driving New Business Development Opportunities, and working with fellow Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.

In his early career, Al was a physics technologist working for the University of Washington Physics Department, followed by a stint at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics & Astro Physics (CENPA). He then moved on to Boeing Aerospace, working at the Boeing Radiation Effects Laboratory, and was a principle in the development of Cryogenically Cooled Particle Accelerators, as a part of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI – “ Star Wars”). Al later took a position at a small company in California’s Bay Area, developing compact linear accelerators for Nuclear Waste Assay, Explosives Detection, and the early stages of the development work for the Super Conducting Super Collider in Texas. This led to further work in Northern Texas, with the construction, development, assembly, & commissioning, of a $20 million facility for the production of radio isotopes used in cancer therapy.

Al’s current business focus is in the Technology Business Development, and Social Enterprise Space. He is the Principle Consultant at Puget Sound Nexus, LLC, (PSNXS). This company is a Dynamic Business Innovation and Resource Development Enterprise.

PSNXS connects resources and opportunity through practical business strategies and strategic partnerships. We work and partner with clients from the private, public, and non-profit sectors throughout the Puget Sound Region to identify high-value opportunities while addressing operational challenges.

With a focus on STEM initiatives and the impact of the new innovation economy, PSNXS is able to leverage national partnerships and affiliations in order to provide sustainable solutions for our under- served/underutilized communities.

He is also the Founder and Executive Director of STEMTAC Foundation Development Program, a non-profit organization, and is Founder of STEMTAC, LLC, a Technology Consulting Firm.. STEMTAC Foundation provides innovative programs for STEM Education and Training, which are currently under development, in conjunction with Eastside Psychology Services, and STEMTAC Consulting, LLC. These Targeted, results oriented, developmental programs touch on a wide range of STEM disciplines, with an eye on creating tangible impact and results.

Business Consulting Skills & Experience: Business Management & Strategic Planning, Business & Technology Development, and Social Enterprise Development.

Technical Skills Summary: Network & Information Technology Resource Development & Management, Programming, Experimental Systems Integration & Test, Data Acquisition & Control Systems Design & Operation, RF Engineering & Electronics.

Memberships, Associations, & Affiliations: The Breakfast Group of Seattle Board, Washington State Department of Commerce Minority Business Roundtable, Governor’s African American Community Roundtable, Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs, Seattle Mayor’s Youth Employment Opportunity Planning Committee, The Lake Washington School District STEM School Advisory Board, The American Physics Society, The National Society of Black Physicists, The National Society of Black Engineers.