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Case Study

Parker Hannifin Foundation Endows Chair in Case School of Engineering

Case Western Reserve University’s engineering school has won an extraordinary endorsement from the Parker Hannifin Foundation: the establishment of The Arthur L. Parker Endowed Chair in the electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) department named in honor of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s founder.

Parker, a 1907 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology, founded the Parker Appliance Co. in a small Cleveland loft in 1918. The 33-year-old engineer had invented a pneumatic braking system for trucks and buses. Almost a century later, that same company, today known as Parker Hannifin Corporation, is a leading global manufacturer of motion and control technologies, employing 57,500 people in 50 countries and tallying annual sales of more than $13 billion.

Ken Loparo, a senior leader and current chair of EECS at the Case School of Engineering, will be the first person to hold this important chair.

The Parker Chair is a testament to the partnership between Parker Hannifin and Case Western Reserve. It is also demonstrative of the economic development role that the University plays in the Northeast Ohio region. An endowed chair provides valuable resources to attract and retain academic leaders who in turn support the research and commercialization agenda of companies like Parker. These academic leaders also attract students who become the technology leaders at these same regional, national, and international companies. On the undergraduate level the University attracts 75% of students outside the state of Ohio. The Engineering School then retains 50% of these students to the State of Ohio. This is true brain gain.

“This endowed chair reinforces our company’s connection to Case Western Reserve and furthers our goal to support education in the communities where we do business,” said Parker Chairman, CEO and President Don Washkewicz. MBA ‘79 “Through this commitment, we are providing a foundation that we hope will inspire today’s students to become the inventors of tomorrow in the spirit of our founder Art Parker.”

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