Background + Expertise
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 years of experience in engineering design, engineering management, and technical marketing. His enthusiasm for teaching, varied industrial contacts, and seeing the success of our students makes him unique in this position. Earlier career positions with William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, where he started the clinical engineering group in the medical physics and engineering department. Ken was advanced technology center manager for GTE/Valenite, and most recently executive vice president and chief engineer for Vultron/Trans Industries. For the past 41 years, he has concurrently taught in Lawrence Tech evening programs. His popular senior projects class, the capstone class in which students conceive research, design, manufacture, and assess the market for inventive products, has helped several students earn their own 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 Univeristy, Wayne State University, and Oakland University. Cook also has enjoyed a long side career in magic and has performed in some 35 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.