Jack R. Vinson, PhD, PE

Jack Vinson

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Delaware
Location: Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States

Jack R. Vinson, PhD, PE, Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.

Interested in airplanes from a formative age, Dr. Vinson desired to become an aeronautical engineer as he got older. Attending Cornell University, he received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in 1952. While studying toward his undergraduate degree, he served as an engineering student with Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers in Kansas City, MO, from 1947 to 1952 before acting as a functional engineer for GE in Philadelphia, PA, from 1956 to 1961. That same year, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1961 to 1965, he served Dyna/Structures, Inc., in Drexel Hill, PA, as vice president. During this time, he also served as a longtime associate professor and professor at the University of Delaware from 1964 until attaining emeritus status in 2005. Since 1965, he has also served as a partner of Structural Mechanics Associates in Penn Valley, PA.

A fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society for Composites, Dr. Vinson formerly served as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force between 1954 and 1956. Demonstrating versatility in his profession, he has authored eight books and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, which has since garnered over 1,000 reviews in more than 137 countries. His most recent book includes “Plate and Panel Structures of Isotropic, Composite, and Piezoelectric Materials, Including Sandwich Construction,” which was published in 2005. Among the notable highlights of his career, he is most proud of being a fellow of the AIAA, as well as being the founder and first director of the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. It still exists today.

To remain abreast of developments in the industry, Dr. Vinson has maintained affiliation with several organizations, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where he serves as chairman of the aerospace division from 1980 to 1981. The former vice president and president of the American Society for Composites between 1996 and 1999, he most recently sat on the executive committee and acted as region three vice president of the International Conference on Composites Materials from 1999 to 2001.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Vinson has garnered multiple accolades. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics gave him an Award in Structural Mechanics in 1977, and he subsequently received the Centennial Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1981. Later on in his career, he received the Technomic Award and Research Award from the American Society for Composites in 1998 and 2007, respectively. Highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World, he has been named a Lifetime Achiever and Industry Leader by Marquis Who’s Who in 2018.

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