Dr. Renaldo M. Jensen
Director, Supplier Diversity Development
Ford Motor Company
Renaldo M. Jensen, director of Ford Supplier Diversity Development (SDD), has held this position since 1987. SDD works to enrich and expand Ford’s business relationships with its minority suppliers.
Previously, Jensen was supervisor of Advanced Concepts, Advanced Engineering Design Staff. He joined Ford in 1978, working in the Design Center as a principal design engineer in aerodynamics.
A former Air Force officer, Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. He was awarded a doctorate in aerospace-mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1970.
During his 20 years with the Air Force, Jensen held several command and staff positions at the Pentagon. Additionally, he was an assistant professor of aerospace-mechanical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology and held an adjunct professorship of mechanical engineering at Howard University. Jensen attained the rank of lieutenant colonel when he left the service to join Ford.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and The Combustion Institute.