Dr. Barnes McCormick is the Boeing Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University. He served as the Chief of Aerodynamics at the Vertol Aircraft Division (later a Boeing division), which he joined in 1955. From 1985 to 1990, he served as the Boeing Professor of Aerospace Engineering at PSU.
In 1967, Dr. McCormick developed a short course at Penn State relating to helicopters and VTOL originally entitled, like his first book, "Aerodynamics of V/STOL Flight," which later turned into the Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology. Dr. McCormick served as a lecturer and coordinator until 2013, and it is still going strong today, 60 years later. It is estimated that Dr. McCormick taught more than 700 participants in the course.