If patented inventions are the “currency” of scientific innovation, then Yeong-Wei Wu is a wealthy man.
Wu, a Boeing Technical Fellow who is best known by his nickname “Andy,” is a chief scientist in System Engineering and Verification for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif. As of this writing, his work has led to 21 issued patents and 14 pending patents. That may not be the highest number of patents for any individual BSS scientist, but it certainly puts him in some stellar company.
A league of his own
Steve Stelljes, Business Operations/Planning manager at Boeing in Wichita, Kan., joined a unique fraternity this summer.
He became one of 119 National Football League officials; 17 crews of seven officials cover NFL games each week throughout the season. Stelljes is head linesman, with the responsibility of covering line of scrimmage, forward progress and plays in the area where the ball is snapped. Each year, NFL scouts select about 125 officials they will consider for the elite officiating jobs. Of those, they hire only about four to six.
Delta rockets and Delta blues
Wondering how rockets harmonize with the blues? Ask Chris O’Connell of Boeing in Huntington Beach, Calif. As a director for Boeing Launch Services, O’Connell negotiates contracts and pricing by day and gets down and dirty by night, playing guitar with his band, Blues BarBQ.
O’Connell has worked for the company for about 20 years, but most of his fellow employees probably don’t know about his hobby as a blues man.
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