Lloyd Jenkinson joined Blackburn Aircraft as a trade apprentice,
gaining an ONC and HND through night-school and block release. He left there to go to
Cranfield University where he obtained a Diploma in aircraft design (DCAe) before
completing an MSc. He subsequently obtained a PhD for work on aircraft optimisation
methods at Loughborough University. He has worked for most of his professional life on
aircraft project design in industry and at university. He has also acted as a consultant
to industrial and government agencies. Lloyd has presented several technical papers on
aircraft design at RAeS, AIAA and SAE conferences and journals. He is currently working as
a engineering consultant, and as a part-time senior lecturer on final year aircraft design
courses at Loughborough and Southampton Universities.
Paul Simpkin started his career in 1945 as an apprentice
with Airspeed (1934) Ltd and remained there until 1950 obtaining a Higher National
Certificate in Aero. Engineering. After National Service with the RAF, he joined the
Airspeed Division of De-Havilland as an aerodynamicist in 1952. In 1959 he joined
Rolls-Royce as an Aircraft Performance Engineer before becoming head of the Engine and
Aircraft Evaluation department in 1989. From 1969 until 1987, he also served on a number
of different industry and ministry committees investigating various aspects of
aeronautical engineering. He retired from Rolls Royce in 1994.
Darren Rhodes graduated with an honours degree in
Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1993. Following this he continued
at Loughborough completing his PhD specialising in aircraft design, performance and
aircraft noise in 1998. Leaving Loughborough in 1997 he started work in the Department of
Operational Research and Analysis (DORA) at National Air Traffic Services (NATS) where he
is now a senior analyst/project manager.