Joseph K. Gannett, 1908
B.S., University of Michigan
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 6, 1959
Joseph Gannett is nationally acknowledged for his engineering leadership and his pioneering in the industrial and commercial building fields.
Associated with the Austin Company in Cleveland, for 43 years, Mr. Gannett has been its vice president in charge of all engineering and research for 15 years preceding his retirement this year. He is credited with many important engineering firsts, including the implementation of “controlled conditions” factory which established new standards in working conditions and production efficiency, as well as special electronic and optical devices for the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics, the design and layout of television studios several years before the advent of commercial television, and the use of pre-stressed concrete beams in building construction.