Aircraft designer to give Rolls-Royce lecture

October 18, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Preston Henne, who has had a long career as an aircraft designer and engineer, will give the biennial Charles Rolls & Henry Royce Lecture on Thursday (Oct. 21) at Purdue.

Henne is senior vice president of programs, engineering and test for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., and vice president of General Dynamics Aerospace Group. He will speak at 4 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture series, begun in 2002, is presented by Rolls-Royce and Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. It brings speakers from the aviation and aerospace industries to campus in an effort to inspire students to consider careers in these fields.

Henne has been involved in the design of three aircraft that have won the Collier Trophy for aeronautical achievement: the C-17, the Gulfstream V and the Gulfstream 550.

He began his career with McDonnell Douglas in 1969 and joined Gulfstream in 1994.

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