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Richard J. Burke

Richard Burke

Title: Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Company: Department of Engineering at Maritime University, State University of New York
Location: Lenox, Massachusetts, United States

Richard Burke, Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Maritime University, State University of New York, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in naval engineering instruction.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering from Maritime University, State University of New York (SUNY), Fort Schuyler, New York in 1972, where he was one of the first eight students to graduate with a degree in naval architecture, Dr. Burke continued his studies with a Master of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974 and a Doctor of Philosophy in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1990.

Dr. Burke maintained his own consulting company, Productivity Sciences Inc., between 1988 and 1995 and from 1998 to 2002, he taught at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and directed several Master’s degree programs at its Lally School of Management. In 2002, he joined his alma mater, SUNY Maritime, in 2002, where he has excelled as the Chairman of Engineering Department, ABS Professor of Naval Architecture in Naval Engineering and Chairman, Naval Architecture up to the present. In addition, he provided excellent education as research professor of mechanical engineering with the Stony Brook Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2004 to 2006. During his career, Dr. Burke has directed five engineering programs comprised of approximately 600 undergraduate students.

Counting the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and American Statistical Association among his memberships, Dr. Burke was honored with The Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service by the State University of New York in 2014. He attributes his success to the encouragement of his parents, who instilled his strong work ethic, while his lifelong interest in boats and planes steered him towards naval engineering.

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