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John Darringer, ZHS Class of 1960, was born in Zanesville and grew up there, usually “tinkering” with something.  In school he did well and was told by his teachers that he should become a scientist.  His older brother encouraged him to become an engineer.  With the help of an Armco Community Scholarship, John did go on to college at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  After graduation, he and his wife, Patricia Kotulak, moved to Holland where he worked for Philips.  Several years later they returned to the US and John joined IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York.  John stayed with IBM and worked on automating the design of large computers.  Over the years, he held several management and executive positions in IBM and was active in professional and standards groups outside IBM. John still works for IBM and is evolved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  He is an IEEE Fellow and has 10 patents and 60 publications. 

In May 2016, John Darringer in coordination with the Zanesville Alumni Association awarded the first John Darringer Engineering and Science Scholarship to Emma Kimberly. Since then Christian Sheline, Logan Alexander Dinan, Alexander Melick, and Logan Young have been recipients of the John Darringer Engineering and Science Scholarship.


The hope is that the Darringer Engineering and Science Scholarship will help encourage other students in their early years to pursue a career in a profession that is vital in shaping the future.

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