Vice President of Engineering
GenCorp Aerojet
MSME ’73

“I am so grateful for the educational background and experiences from Herrick Laboratories and the many outstanding professors at Purdue. I am constantly reminded of the profound influence that Purdue has had on my career through a deep appreciation for technical excellence and engineering discipline.”

Marvin F. Young is the Vice President of Engineering for GenCorp Aerojet. He graduated from Purdue University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973.

Young worked as an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine from 1980-1985. He taught undergraduate and graduate classes in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy systems, and turbulent heat transfer. Young received NSF, DOE, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation Research Grants to support his research on mixed convention heat and mass transfer, alternative energy systems and rocket propulsion.

Young has over 27 years of experience with advanced engineering products for aerospace applications, and has been involved with GenCorp in a management capacity since 1985. When he joined the company, he was named Manager of Thermal Systems Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for technical performance of thermal and fluid dynamics engineers working to design new liquid rocket propulsion systems and was also highly involved in independent research projects. In 1988, Young became Program Director of Space Systems, where he created strategic business plans and was responsible for cost management and interfacing with customers to ensure that their scheduling requirements for projects were being met. In 1995, he became Director of Mechanical Engineering where he supervised over 300 engineers and was directly responsible for the performance of the Mechanical Engineering Center of Excellence.

In his current position, Young oversees an organization of over 800 mechanical, electrical, systems, and software engineers. The team develops rocket propulsion systems, used for defense and aerospace applications. He serves as the company’s chief spokesperson and is responsible for certification of all design layouts and analyses.

Young holds four patents, has published over 35 technical articles and is noted in the Who’s Who in Technology for Thermal Sciences. In 1984, he was named the University of California, Irvine’s Engineering Professor of the Year and was also recognized as the Western Regional Young Engineering Professor of the Year.