Kenneth Hough, PhD

Founder & "Captain Trouble Maker"


I founded KeyQ in March of 2020 with the vision of helping businesses achieve the next level of success through delivering innovative and meaningful cloud solutions.  Since its inception, I have worked with several businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities to design and build cloud applications that have helped streamline their business processes and reduce costs.

Prior to KeyQ, I was a medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine.  UAB is also where I worked on my doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Jessy Deshane and Dr. Victor Thannickal.  During my doctoral work at UAB I was exposed to the “omics” and big data, which has influenced my career choice to develop data-driven analytics platforms in the cloud.

I also have to give a big shoutout to my undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where I majored in biochemistry.  WPI’s motto is “Lehr und Kunst,” which roughly translates to “Theory and Practice” or “Learning and Skilled Art.” WPI truly cherishes and upholds this pedagogy, which can be seen by the teaching styles and class sizes.  The learning experience I had at WPI is unique and has shaped me to be who I am, being able to learn, practice and apply.

Personal Interets

I love to learn innovative technologies and try new things.  I have a broad area of interests that include serverless architectures, machine learning, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, medical informatics, and financial technology.  I am also working towards my CFA level 1 exam for 2021.  Other interests and hobbies include traveling, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, camping and gardening!

Origin of KeyQ

KeyQ started helping SMB business owners even before its inception, so we quickly needed a name and a company.  My buddy, Justin, and I have previously worked on a startup company, so I knew to pick his brains on branding and marketing ideas.  I ended up visiting him and his family, staying at their place days at a time, brainstorming on what to call our business.  Based on the vision to elevate businesses to new heights with cloud technology, we quickly agreed on aeronautics as the theme. 

One day, while we were eating dinner at a local Thai restaurant in Vermont, Justin turned to me and asked, “How do you say hot air ballon in Japanese?”

I answered “kikyū.”