John Fairbanks, USDoE, to be honored

This story has been extracted and edited from a more extensive Press Release

Maine Maritime Academy to Honor Its Best and Brightest

which appeared in the The Journal of Commerce Online on 20091029.


CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy will honor its best and brightest at a ceremony to be held on the college campus in mid-November. The college will formally recognize alumni accomplishment, student academic success, and outstanding faculty at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Initiated in 1997, the college’s Wall of Honor was created to recognize alumni, who, through achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and to Maine Maritime Academy. The Wall was established not only to pay tribute to their achievements, but also to allow their success to serve as inspiration to current students and their fellow alumni to strive for personal excellence.

This year’s Wall of Honor induction will recognize the career accomplishments of  distinguished alumni, John W. Fairbanks, MMA Class of 1952, among others.

John W. Fairbanks, technology development manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, will be recognized for his career contributions to the fields of engineering and thermoelectric energy. A former program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, and program engineer at the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Fairbanks is noted for initiating the first vehicular application of thermoelectric while serving as a Power System Manager at the NASA-Goddard Space Center.

Throughout his distinguished engineering career, Fairbanks has received numerous commendations for his academic work. He is a two-time award winner of the Association of Scientists & Engineers presented him with their best technical paper. He has also served on multiple occasions as the Invited Plenary Speaker at the European Conference on Thermoelectrics and as the Invited Plenary Speaker at the International Thermoelectric Conference. His work has been recognized through NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award and the Astronomy Spacecraft Team Award of the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. He is the past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Maine Maritime Academy’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Fairbanks earned B.S. degrees in engineering at Maine Maritime Academy and at Stanford University. He holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Santa Clara. He is a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy Reserve.