Honorary degree recipient at the 2015 University of New Haven Commencement Ceremony
Doctor of Engineering
Patrick O’Brien is president and CEO of MCM Engineering, Inc., a Burlingame, Calif., business that he formed in 1991. The firm designs and produces solutions that are used by architects, engineers and aircraft manufacturers. The company also creates products used by leading airlines at airports, airfields and hangars around the globe. MCM has had a more than 20-year relationship with Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.
O’Brien oversees all aspects of MCM’s product design, development and manufacturing. He has been a driving force in the aviation and 400Hz ground support equipment industry for more than 40 years. He served as chief engineer for internationally known ground support equipment companies, including Hobart Brothers, Devtec (now TLD) and McCormick-Morgan before starting MCM.
His innovations in 400Hz ground power – the type of electric power that is the standard of the commercial aircraft and aerospace industry – were the catalysts that helped transform the industry from mobile equipment to central system design.
MCM equipment can be found in the United States, China, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Europe, Sweden and the Middle East. The company supports all branches of the United States military with systems and products in use from Florida to Alaska.
In 2011, O’Brien received a lifetime achievement award from Ground Support Worldwide, and the publication cited the creation of MCM Engineering as one of the most important milestones in the development of ground support equipment. He is a lifetime member of SAE International and was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award for significant service to the aviation ground support industry.
O'Brien also embraces a passion for woodworking, which inspired him to create the “Paddy O.” line of outdoor furnishings for the home, which were sold nationwide.milestones in GSE development: GSE development: GSE development:
After serving three years as a radar technician in the U.S. Army, O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Haven. He is a previous member of UNH’s Board of Governors. Born and raised in Waterbury, Conn., he now lives with his wife, Geraldine, in Hillsborough, Calif. They have two adult children.