Charles Libicki was born in Redwood City California in 1954. He spent his youth in Lorain Ohio, a small blue-collar town 30 miles west of Cleveland. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree from MIT, the latter in Earth Sciences. While in college, he married Penny, his high school sweetheart and fellow viola player. After a short stint at the Ohio EPA, Charles received a PhD in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.
While a graduate student he took a part time job at Thurman Scale (a manufacturer of truck scales). The electronics department where he worked split off and became Interface Logic Systems. Part time became full time and eventually Charles became a 50% owner.