Kenneth Laali did his PhD work (1974-1977) at the University of Manchester (with R. N. Haszeldine and B. L. Booth). A postdoctoral stint with the late Victor Gold at Kings College (1977-1979) was followed by appointments in Strasbourg (with J. Sommer), Amsterdam (with H. Cerfontain) and at ETH-Zurich (with H. Zollinger). In 1982 he joined George Olahs group at the University of Southern California, and in 1985 began his independent academic career at Kent State University, where he went through the ranks, becoming full professor in 1996. Research in the Laali laboratory focuses on multifaceted projects that combine synthetic, physical organic (structural/mechanistic and spectroscopic) and theoretical approaches to solving diverse problems in organic chemistry. Since 2000, he has been actively pursuing projects on synthetic and mechanistic studies in ionic liquids, where interest is mainly focused on electrophilic chemistry involving carbocations and onium ions. Ken Laali has so far authored and coauthored over 150 publications and 4 books.