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Kenneth J. Cook is chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, a long-time engineering executive and an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University since 1965. Professor Cook brings to the department 50+ years of experience in engineering design, engineering management, and technical marketing. His enthusiasm for teaching, various industrial contacts, and seeing the success of our students makes him unique in this position.
Earlier in his career, he started the clinical engineering group in the medical physics and engineering department at William Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak. Cook was advanced technology center manager for GTE/Valenite, and most recently executive vice president and chief engineer for Vultron/Trans Industries.
For more than four decades, he has taught Lawrence Tech evening programs. His popular senior projects capstone class, in which students research, design, manufacture, and assess the market for innovative products, has helped several students earn patents and sell their inventions commercially.
Cook is a registered professional engineer, a certified clinical engineer, and holds some 25 patents of his own. He holds degrees from or attended DeVry Technical Institute, Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University, and Oakland University.
Cook also has enjoyed a side career in magic and has performed in 63 countries and all but one state, finding his hobby very useful to sales and teaching. A highlight for his students each year is the two-hour magic performance he offers as a congratulatory send-off for them and their guests.