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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT AT BYU GETS A NEW CHAIRMAN MAY 1

Brigham Young University President Rex E. Lee has appointed a new chair for the department of mechanical engineering.

Alan R. Parkinson, a professor of mechanical engineering and a member of the BYU faculty since 1982, replaces Geoffrey J. Germane, who will return to full-time teaching and research. The appointment is effective May 1.A summa cum laude graduate of BYU, Parkinson received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

His major research interests include improving engineering design productivity and optimization methods as well as artificial intelligence and design for manufacture.

Parkinson is president of Design Synthesis Inc., which researches and develops computer software

for engineering design, and has been a consultant to such firms as the Garrett Turbine Energy Co., Utah Research and Development, Salem Furnace Company and Vanguard Energy Corp.

He has published articles in many scholarly and scientific journals and has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, Aptek Inc., Westinghouse, Sandia National Labs and the U.S. Air Force.