If you're a company looking for an expert technical trainer with extensive experience in all areas of Java development, you've come to the right place! Here you can find information about my experience, qualifications, and contact information.

about me

technical expertise

  • Spring, Hibernate, and other open source projects like Groovy and Grails
  • Java, especially server side development, Design Patterns, and Android programming
  • Web Services, including RESTful and SOAP-based
  • Kotlin development, including in Android and Gradle


Modern Java Recipes

Modern Java Recipes

The introduction of functional programming concepts in Java SE 8 was a drastic change for this venerable object-oriented language. Lambda expressions, method references, and streams fundamentally changed the idioms of the language, and many developers have been trying to catch up ever since. This cookbook will help. With more than 70 detailed recipes, author Ken Kousen shows you how to use the newest features of Java to solve a wide range of problems.

Gradle Recipes for Android

Gradle Recipes for Android

Using the Android Studio IDE and the Gradle build tool will make Android app development much simpler—as long as you know your way around Gradle. This practical guide shows you how Gradle works with Android so that you can use it effectively on your projects. You’ll learn ways to customize project layouts, add dependencies, and even generate multiple different versions of your application.

Making Java Groovy

Making Java Groovy

Making Java Groovy is a practical handbook for developers who want to blend Groovy into their day-to-day work with Java. It starts by introducing the key differences between Java and Groovy—and how you can use them to your advantage. Then, it guides you step-by-step through realistic development challenges, from web applications to web services to desktop applications, and shows how Groovy makes them easier to put into production.

NFJS, the Magazine

NFJS, the Magazine

I've written several articles for NFJS, the Magazine which is an eclectic mix of articles centered on software development and all that entails. Whether you are a developer, architect or manager, you should find all of the articles in NFJS interesting and enlightening. All of the article authors are speakers on the No Fluff Just Stuff Tour and published thereby insuring a great read.

courses taught

open source

  • Spring Framework
  • Hibernate
  • Android
  • Groovy
  • Grails
  • Gradle
  • Kotlin


  • Java: Intro and Advanced
  • Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages
  • The JSP Standard Tag Library
  • Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Java EE Design Patterns
  • Frameworks like Struts, JSF, etc.

related courses

  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • UML
  • Java Web Security
  • Managing Your Manager


M.S. in Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, CT
Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.S. in Mathematics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Alternate Route to Certification Program
State of Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT

technical certifications

  • SpringSource Core Spring
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer
  • Sun Certified Web Component Developer
  • Sun Certified Business Component Developer
  • IBM Certified Enterprise Architect for WebSphere v 5.0
  • IBM Certified Instructor for WebSphere (SW244, SW284, SW287)
  • Altova Certified XML Spy Engineer

contact me

Kenneth Kousen
Marlborough, Connecticut