He received the B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the latter in 1965. He was a guidance analyst at the M.I.T. Draper Laboratory on the Apollo project, an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a lecturer at Colorado University, Colorado Springs. He has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and received an IEEE Centennial Medal, and the 1989 IEEE-IES Eugene Mittelmann Award. Dr. Cook is a former Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and a former President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. His primary interests are in modern control, robotics and automation. Dr. Cook became the Earle C. Williams Professor of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at GMU in June 1985. He was Chair of Electrical Engineering 1990 through 1998. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.