Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Purdue Memorial Lecture Series

Preston A. Henne
Preston A. Henne Sr. Vice President of Programs, Engineering and Test Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Vice President General Dynamics Corporation, presented the Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on October 21st at Fowler Hall on Purdue’s campus.

Henne began his aerospace career in 1969 at McDonnell Douglas, where he managed several advanced programs in aerodynamics and acoustics for both military and commercial aircraft. Known for his work in advanced aerodynamic technology, he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the wing on the C-17 -- considered the most versatile aircraft in airlift history and winner of the 1994 Collier Trophy for aeronautical achievement. Henne later served as Chief Design Engineer for the MD-80 aircraft. In 1991, he became Vice President and General Manager of the MD-90 Program at McDonnell Douglas’ Long Beach Douglas Aircraft facility, where he oversaw the aircraft’s complete development and certification process.

Joining Gulfstream in 1994, Henne is credited with the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V aircraft -- which was awarded the 1997 Collier Trophy. Henne became a Vice President of General Dynamics in July 1999 when the company acquired Gulfstream . As Senior Vice President, Programs, Engineering and Test, he is responsible for Gulfstream’s product program management, engineering, and flight operations. His organization was responsible for the development of the Gulfstream 550 – which was recognized with the Collier Trophy in 2003.

Henne earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with highest undergraduate honors from the University of Illinois in 1969 and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University at Long Beach in 1974. He is a member of the Innovation Leadership Advisory Board (ILAB) at the University Of Illinois College Of Engineering and of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Board of Trustees. Henne is a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. His awards include the AIAA Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and the AIAA Hap Arnold Award in 2001 for excellence in aeronautical program management. He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. In 2005 the University of Illinois recognized Henne with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.

A reception following the lecture was held following the lecture.