Volume 02, Issue 11
In recognition of their accomplishments and expertise, five Boeing people recently joined the ranks of the company's Senior Technical Fellows. This quintet has reached an echelon achieved by less than one percent of all Boeing technical and scientific staff. Here's a look at the new members of this esteemed group.
The start of the U.S. space program excited the worldand sparked Bill Bower's lifelong interest in aerospace.
Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space, was Bower's particular inspiration. He and his high-school classmates in Munster, Ind., watched the historical Cape Canaveral, Fla., launch in 1961 on a TV brought in especially for the occasion.
"That's when I knew I wanted to work on technologies that would move us into the space age," said Bower, a Phantom Works scientist who works in Flight Sciences in St. Louis and is one of the five new Senior Technical Fellows.
Harold B. Schall, Boeing chief engineer for integration & test on the Airborne Laser program, is nationally regarded as one of the brightest minds in high-energy laser beam control and adaptive optics.
Studying physics and laser spectroscopy as an undergraduate, he earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1980s. This was the age of the so-called "Star Wars" missile defense policy, and Schall wanted to discover how his academic learnings could benefit programs designed to safeguard the United States.
When he's not playing finger-style guitar at such events as the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Ray Bohlmann is excelling at something on the opposite end of the scalecomposite materials technology.
For his wide-ranging scientific contributions, which now include composite work on submarines and ships, Bohlmann has been selected a Senior Technical Fellow. And that's music to the ears of his colleagues, who admire him for his expertise on both fronts. Among them: erstwhile jam-session buddy John Tracy, vice president of Engineering at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.
Despite his corporate awards and industry accolades, Mohammed "Michael" Santina knew he'd made it when he could explain to his teenage sons in layman's terms just how his Boeing work on the Global Positioning System affects their everyday lives.
"I really take pride in telling my kids what I've done about it," said Santina, a 19-year Boeing employee who's internationally known for his control systems design expertise.
Carl Alan Solomon
Perhaps it's little wonder that Senior Technical Fellow Carl Alan Solomon studied both geology and computer science at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. He's an engineer whose feet are firmly planted on the ground, but one who's always scanning the landscape for the bigger picture.
Solomon is a leading expert in the application of technologies for national security missions, knowledge management, and mission and enterprise architecture. And since coming to Boeing last year through the acquisition of Conquest, he's developed a reputation throughout the enterprise for his technical and market-shaping know-how. He's already earned a "Pride at Boeing" award for his contributions to the Computer-Aided Passenger Prescreening System II proposal for Homeland Security & Services.
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