John Vranish

Title: Electrical Engineer, Researcher, President
Company: Vranish Innovative Technologies
Location: Crofton, Maryland, United States

John Vranish, Electrical Engineer, Researcher, and President at Vranish Innovative Technologies, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of electrical engineering.

As a young man, Mr. Vranish earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1962. He then served in the United States Army for eight years, rising to the rank of captain before his honorable discharge in 1970. After working as a mentor for children, he realized that he was meant for a more technical career path. In 1971, he started at the Naval Surface Weapons Center as a staff engineer in robotics research, where he remained until 1982. In 1973, while working at the center, he earned a Master of Electrical Engineering from George Washington University. Mr. Vranish transitioned to a role at the National Bureau of Standards, and in 1986, he became a staff engineer in space mechanisms and space robotics at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Over his 20-year-long career with the center, Mr. Vranish went on to hold the most patents in the history of the center, three of which have flown in space. One of his patents set the standard for precision “virtual feel” robotic assembly in micro-gravity, and he was nominated by NASA to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his efforts. He served on the Technology Task Force Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1981, and was a consultant to the United States Congress in 1983, 1987, and 1996. He was named Inventor of the Year by the Goddard Space Flight Center seven times, and received an Outstanding Service as Mentor award from the NASA Robotics Academy Program, among several further honors.

Through his work and research, Mr. Vranish has contributed a wealth of advancements to his field. He has invented the capaciflector, robotic deriveter, magnetostrictive direct drive rotary motor, and the continuously variable planetary transmission method, in addition to many more. He was a grantee of the Productivity Enhancement Program from the Department of Defense, and was awarded an Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal. Mr. Vranish is also a member of Robotics International in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and was the recipient of the Bose Award from Design News Magazine in 1997.

Mr. Vranish has continued his work as an electrical engineer at Vranish Innovative Technologies, which he started in 2006. He believes the most important component of his success is his persistence and dedication, and advises aspiring engineers to accept failure and keep pushing forward. He has tried not to take negative feedback personally, and in his experience as a mentor, he always aimed to progress and develop his students’ ideas rather than explain his own ideas to them. As a testament to his success, experience, and expertise as an electrical engineer, Mr. Vranish has been included in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the East, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.

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