Mike Sinnett became vice president and general manager for the Boeing New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) program in July 2019. He leads all aspects of the development program ranging from the business case to the definition of the production system, services offering and airplane configuration.
The NMA leadership role is in addition to his assignment as vice president of Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development, which he began in September, 2017. Sinnett leads development of future airplane strategies including autonomous aircraft, total power management strategies, next-generation flight deck designs, advanced configurations and future small freighter and passenger airplane designs. He also continues to lead Commercial Airplanes Product Development, formulating the preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems, improved environmental performance and advanced technologies.
Before leading the Product Development organization, Sinnett served as vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program. He led the effort for 787-8 and 787-9 airplane delivery including flight test, technical configuration of the airplane, product integrity and safety. Sinnett had served on the 787 program since its inception, previously in the position of chief systems engineer and vice president of Systems. He also served as the senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Sinnett joined Boeing in 1991 and held progressively more responsible positions in engineering, including 747 and 767 avionics and flight deck design, and avionics design responsibilities during the 777 and the 737-NG development programs.
Sinnett began his aerospace career at the McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis in 1982, in the engineering cooperative education program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering as a National Science Foundation Creativity in Engineering Fellow at the University of Missouri – Rolla. Sinnett was named a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in March 2011, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in January 2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.