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Mechanical & Structural Engineering Employee Profiles

Hear what our mechanical and structural engineering professionals have to say about Boeing.

Holly Murphy

Holly Murphy

Engineer in the Satellite Development Center, Space & Intelligence Systems
El Segundo, California

Holly Murphy leads the development and manufacturing of the platform hardware for Boeing’s first all-electric-propulsion satellite—the 702SP (small platform). Most satellites use a chemical propulsion engine to get to their final orbit position. The 702SP is fueled exclusively by xenon, an inert, non-hazardous gas.

“We started several years ago talking about and wondering what we possibly could build. Today I can walk along the manufacturing floor and see the satellite and hardware. It’s a very rewarding feeling.

From a business and environmental perspective, it’s all about innovation—doing things smarter and better. The 702SP has a role to play in providing a cleaner alternative to other satellites, and it’s something we all can be proud of.

I like working with a diverse group of people that gets to tackle hard and different problems every day; I’m always learning. We have the freedom to challenge the way the company does business and try to do things better.”

Jay Carskaden

Jay Carskaden

Senior Technical Fellow
Renton, Washington

Growing up in Hawaii, Jay Carskaden understood the importance of air travel—a means of connecting his islands in the Pacific Ocean to the rest of the world. It spurred a lifelong passion for aviation in general and jet engines in particular, and he was recruited by Boeing during the University of Hawaii’s annual engineering career week.

“I joined Boeing Propulsion’s ‘90-day engine study’ team, where I focused on one small part. This experience allowed me to observe Boeing’s experts in action, as they drove to meet an important and technically complicated goal. By the conclusion of the study, I was hooked.

Today, my job is to help select engine partners. Once a decision is made and a challenge arises, I pull together people who will develop multidisciplinary and system-oriented solutions.

But the love of engines and airplanes that I experienced as a child remains. After all, an airplane without an engine is just a glider.”

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Dino Go

EO&T BR&T, 767 Program Support Engineer
Everett, Washington

“I have to be a good listener and keep an open mind when I engage with my customers. Say, for example, a mechanic approaches me about finding a better or safer tool for his or her job. After our conversation, I’ll research available tools on the market and maybe even buy a few to test. We will then have a demonstration, recommend the tool to the manufacturing organization and, if all goes well, add it to the toolbox. And if there’s nothing available on the market that solves our problem, it’s often Boeing Research & Technology’s job to work a solution from scratch—and that’s any engineer’s dream.”

David Loffing

David Loffing

Engineer, 747-8 wing designer
Seattle, Washington

“The 747-8 is an all new airplane that has really built off the backbone and foundation of the iconic 747.

At one point during the design, we reached a point where we were really concerned that we wouldn’t be able to form the wing skins into the shape needed with our traditional building processes. So, we pulled a team together that brought in a new technology to form the wing skins on the 747-8. It’s been very successful. When you change the wing on an airplane, you are effectively creating a whole new airplane.

The 747-8 represents a lot of big milestones for The Boeing Company. It is the biggest commercial airplane that we’ve ever produced. It is the world’s fastest commercial airliner, and it’s one of the most efficient new large airplanes out there in the marketplace.”

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