Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America
Dr. David S. Jenney retired from Sikorsky Aircraft in 1993 as the Director of Comanche Engineering after 40 years in the rotary wing aircraft industry. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1953 and joined the United Aircraft Research Laboratories (UARL), Rotary Wing Aerodynamics Group. He earned an MSME at the University of Connecticut in 1956 and a Ph.D. in Mechanics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1968—both done evenings and weekends.
He became supervisor of rotary wing aerodynamics at UARL before joining Sikorsky in 1962 as supervisor of Aerodynamics. At Sikorsky, he has held positions of Chief of Systems Engineering, Engineering Manager of the Advanced Blade Concept (ABC), Chief and the Director of Technical Engineering before assignment as Engineering Director for the RAH-66 Comanche.
Dr. Jenney was awarded the 18th Annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Lectureship.