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Zach Hoisington

Zach Hoisington

Product Development Engineer, Advanced Concepts Group
Long Beach, California

As an engineer in the advanced concepts group, Zach Hoisington worked on the team that first began researching advanced aircraft concepts with dramatically improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance for the NASA-funded SUGAR—Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research—project in 2008.

“We studied aircraft designs and technology that could potentially reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 75 percent by the 2030 to 2050 time frame. Our team analyzed ideas that cover a wide spectrum of engine and airframe technology, including: advanced propulsion systems, fuel cells, Cryogenic fuels, Cryogenically cooled engines, advanced batteries, open rotor/turboprop technologies and Conventional high-span and truss-braced wings. If an idea has merit, I’ll take it to the team, we’ll look at it together and build on it from there.”

Jackie Wu

Jackie Wu

Acoustics Engineer, 737 MAX
Everett, Washington

“Acoustics is something that you can’t see or touch, but like music it can influence how it makes people feel. It’s a good feeling to know people will be able to hear the difference in the advanced engine system we’re developing for the 737 MAX.

The research starts with analytical tools, acoustics theory and the experience gained from flight tests and products already in use. My group knows this type of inlet works well and the general noise reduction we should be able to expect. We scale the past research to fit the new engine and reach the final design, adding new knowledge along the way.

It’s the combination of planning, design and seeing it all come together in a finished product that is really cool for me. You can actually hear the difference. I feel good that Boeing is committed to finding new ways to shrink our aircrafts’ noise and environmental footprint.”

Paul Wright

Paul Wright

Leader, Design for Environment
Everett, Washington

“I became the first full-time leader of Design for Environment in the fall of 2010. I meet with senior engineers around the company and explain our mission and how their groups can use our design applications. The response has been encouraging. We recently trained more than 75 engineers on the V-22 and Chinook helicopter Global Services & Support programs. The real satisfaction for me comes when I see other people embrace the tools and come up with a more environmentally sound design solution, one with better materials and lower costs.”

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