Marquis Top Engineers

Kelly J. Drake

Title: Chief Engineer
Company: BAE Systems
Location: Fremont, California, United States

Kelly J. Drake, chief engineer at BAE Systems, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in design and electrical engineering.

With 54 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Drake has excelled at BAE Systems as principal electrical engineer from 2005 to 2009, HED ES design engineer from 2012 to 2014, senior electrical engineer in 2014, and chief engineer and principal electrical engineer from 2014 to 2015. He began his career as an electrical engineer at FMC from 1978 to 1997 and subsequently at United Defense from 1997 to 2005. He was active as an engineer at Velodyne Lidar, Inc. from 2010 to 2011. He established himself as chief engineer at OJDSYSTEM from 2009 to 2012. 

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Drake pursued an education at the University of California, Davis where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1980. He holds licenses as a ham radio operator and a first-class commercial radiotelephone operator. Beyond his responsibilities within the field, he has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He served as a hazardous materials technician and as a first responder for 30 years.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Drake has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was presented with platinum, gold, silver, and bronze awards for various projects and received multiple Quarter Awards. His interest in the engineering field was evident from a very young age, specifically when he built his very first radio transmitter as an elementary school student. Currently, he is enjoying his leisure time and not actively seeking new professional opportunities. 

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