In 1916, Wong Tsoo became Boeing’s first aeronautical engineer. That same year, Tsoo, who had emigrated from China to study at MIT, designed the Model C, a seaplane used to train U.S. Navy pilots. As WWI approached, the Navy ordered 51 Model Cs, marking the Boeing Airplane Company’s first financial success and its legacy as a military plane manufacturer. Tsoo’s work helped spur a century of engineering innovations, transforming the future of aerospace.
Decades later, Boeing’s employee-led business resource group, Boeing Asian Professional Association (BAPA), connects thousands of employees to create environments of equity, diversity and inclusion and to help position our teammates of Pan-Asian descent to innovate and lead with strength.
Like all BRGs, BAPA is organized around four strategic pillars: Professional Development, Business Alignment, Talent Engagement and Community Involvement. Working in collaboration with the Enterprise BAPA Board and Executive Champions, BAPA’s local chapters help recruit and retain our diverse workforce, promote innovation and represent Boeing’s Asian communities in business and cultural issues. BAPA is committed to programming that helps members further their personal and professional development, network, identify mentorship and leadership opportunities, celebrate the richness and diversity of Asian culture, and engage in company outreach as community advocates, brand ambassadors and leaders.