S. Michael Hudson
S. Michael Hudson graduated as an engineer from the University of Texas in 1962. He joined the Pratt & Whitney Aerospace Company to work on early supersonic transport concepts. His work led to the development of the Pratt & Whitney JTF-16D engine which powers the F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well as the first high-bypass commercial jet engine, the JT9-D.
Mike moved to the Allison Engine Company in 1968 as helicopter Chief Engineer and led the company’s winning bid for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor engine as well as the development of the Allision family of engines which won the Collier Trophy. He would become President and Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Allison and Vice Chairman, Rolls-Royce North America Holdings and later serve as President of the American Helicopter Society.
He received the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal.