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Mike Hudson assumed the position of Vice Chairman, Rolls-Royce North America in early 2000 and continued in that role through his retirement in the spring of 2002.Prior to that he held the position of President, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Allison following its acquisition by Rolls-Royce in 1995.He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at various times during this period.Mr. Hudson was one of two managers who with Clayton Dublier acquired Allison Gas Turbine from General Motors Corporation.He has served on the management boards of several joint venture companies in which Rolls-Royce Allison has had interest.Mr. Hudson is a member of the Board of directors of the Indianapolis Water Company.
Mr. Hudson has served as Chief Engineer for advanced technology engines, Chief Engineer for small production engines, supervisor of design for the Model 250 engines, Chief of Preliminary Design and Chief Project Engineer in vehicular gas turbines during his tenure at Allison.Mr. Hudson joined Allison in 1968 as the project engineer for the ATEGG core engine demonstrator program.
A major reengineering of the company was successfully completed including the implementation of the SAP ERP system during the period of his leadership.Also during this period the company executed the development and introduction into service of several models and series of military and commercial turbofan, turboprop and turboshaft engines as well as making significant technical advances in the area.
Following graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Hudson was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft from 1962 to 1968 working in aircraft engine design, installation and performance, engine development and demonstration, and industrial and marine engine application engineering.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Mr. Hudson is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society, an honorary Fellow of the American Helicopter Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
In professional society work, Mr. Hudson has been a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Propulsion Committee and the American Helicopter Society Propulsion Committee and has been Chairman of the American Helicopter Society Board of Directors.Mr. Hudson has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and has served as Chairman of the SAE's Aerospace Council, been on their Aerospace Program Office Committee and their Finance Committee.He has received the SAE Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award and the Royal Aeronautical Society British Gold Metal and has been associated with five Collier Trophy winning programs.He has served on the Aerospace Industries Association Technical Council and chaired their Civil Aviation Division.Publications range from technical work on propulsion to defense procurement and business initiatives.
Mr. Hudson has served on Air Force and Department of Defense review groups including ad hoc committees to the Science Advisory Board, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Commercial Procurement, and the Industry Review Group of the Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology Initiative.
For NASA, Mr. Hudson was a member of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee and the Subcommittee on Rotorcraft Technology and chaired the Propulsion Aeronautics Research and Technology Subcommittee.He also served on the National Research Council Committee on Strategic Assessment of the US Aeronautics Program, the Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Environmental Compatibly, the Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050 and the Committee on NASA's Revolutionize Aviation Strategic Plan and is a member of their Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Mr. Hudson is on various local university and civic boards and has chaired or been a member of charitable fund raising activities.He has served as a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Marian College.