Kay Parker is an industrial engineer by training; so, it follows that she is a pragmatist who seeks elegantly simple solutions to complex problems. However, for some years, solutions to a very human problem are most capturing her attention. At her own front door, Parker met a poignantly human issue, one she since has addressed one student at a time: Loneliness.

Notably, the realization was triggered by a pair of strangers on a hot afternoon, ones she might have easily ignored.

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