Kirk has been an MTI Associate Director and Marketing Director since 2011. He developed the organization's newsletter and is currently Editor of MTI CONNECT Magazine. Kirk is also the staff member assigned to the Knowledge Management PDC and serves on several Board Committees, including Membership, Scholarship, and the Editorial Board. Prior to his position with MTI, he was the Marketing Manager at ATI Wah Chang (reactive and refractory metals manufacturer) and a proposal specialist/technical writer at General Atomics (fusion and fission DOE and international projects). Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Diego State University (1984) and has more than one million words in technical journals, regional magazines, and other print and digital media. His many business-related interests include marketing research, web site findability, social media, and competitive intelligence.