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Gordon G. Parker Named First John and Cathi Drake Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Dr. William Predebon, Cathi and John L. Drake, and Dr. Gordon Parker

John L. Drake, MEEM Academy member

Gordon G. Parker

Parker family


Michigan Technological University alumnus John L. Drake received what he calls “a tremendous education at Michigan Tech, both in mechanical engineering and in business administration.” That education helped him succeed as the founder and chairman of Drake Manufacturing Services. Now he and his wife, Cathi Drake, have pledged $1 million to endow the John and Cathi Drake Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, including gifts to provide immediate funding of the professorship. “We have been most impressed with the current management and mission of Michigan Tech and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics,” Drake said. “We trust that our support will play a small role in helping new Tech grads achieve the success that we have enjoyed.”

Gordon G. Parker, a professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech since 1996, has been named the first recipient of the Drake Endowed Professorship. Parker is an internationally recognized leader in control systems, particularly their application to naval technology. He has been recognized for his teaching as well as for his research.

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At a Department celebration of the naming of Dr Gordon Parker as the Drake Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.

President of Michigan Tech Glenn Mroz and Mrs, Gail Mroz congratulate the Parker family.

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October 15, 2007