Stanley P. Desjardins ’58
Stanley P. Desjardins ’58, has made a $350,000 gift that will anchor the effort to establish the Endowed Professorship in Engineering Design and Innovation.
Desjardins has more than 50 years experience in the research and development of aerospace systems and components. He founded two companies that develop technology and products to improve occupants’ chances of survival in airplane, helicopter and vehicle crashes. He also was responsible for major revisions in the U.S. Army’s “Aircraft Crash Survival Design Guide,” which was considered the authority on crash-resistant aircraft design criteria.
Desjardins founded a new company, Safe Inc., to continue research advancing technology in crashworthy seats, as well as other interests. Desjardins has received many awards including recognition from the American Helicopter Society in 2003 and was nominated for induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
He is a recipient of the University Alumni Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumni awards, and received an honorary doctor of engineering degree in May 2010. He served many years on the College Advisory Board and as an EXPO judge.