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Parker Stafford Receives ECE Distinguished Alumni Award


In recognition of his outstanding career achievements, Parker S. Stafford, EE '59, was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was honored at the college's Alumni Awards Dinner and Dance on April 16.

Stafford has been involved with the aerospace industry for more than 45 years. His career highlights include serving as the vice president and chief engineer of Lockheed Martin Astronautics Division & AstroSpace Divisions, earning the NASA Public Service Award for Viking Mars Lander in 1977. He completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 1983 and received the LMC Jefferson Cup as Manager of the Year in 1989. After retiring from LMC, he received the General Palmer Consulting Award in 1997. He is currently a consultant to NASA on several space programs.

Stafford has been a loyal volunteer to the College of Engineering for many years. He served on the Engineering Dean’s Council and also led that group as president in 1993. He has been a financial supporter of the Women and Minorities in Engineering (WMEP) program and contributed to the creation of the WMEP Conference Room.

Stafford and his wife, Sally, reside in Melbourne, Florida.