Alumni in the News: Doug Parker, '84; John Vournakis, '61

Doug Parker, Albion College class of 1984December 10, 2013

Doug Parker is now the chief executive officer of the world's largest airline, as the merger of American Airlines and US Airways became official Monday, December 9.

Previously the CEO of US Airways and America West Airlines, Parker, an Albion economics and management graduate, now leads the new American Airlines Group, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. He remotely rang the NASDAQ stock market opening bell Monday, and also talked about the merger and the state of the airline industry in an interview on NPR's All Things Considered.

John Vournakis, Albion College class of 1961Dr. John Vournakis has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He holds 32 U.S. and foreign patents and has authored more than 180 articles in the fields of biophysics, molecular biology and biotechnology.

Co-founder of Marine Polymer Technologies in Burlington, Mass., Vournakis is the inventor of a polymer-based technology that has led to several FDA-approved medical products. He is a former faculty member of Syracuse University and Dartmouth College, and is on the current faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Vournakis has served as a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences, and has received a number of National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants and research awards. A chemistry and physics major at Albion who received his chemistry Ph.D. from Cornell University, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Albion College in 1996 and served as a College trustee from 2002-2011.