Colloquium: April 1, 2014

To the Frontiers of Flight: The Role of Innovation in Developing Tomorrow’s Products

Mark Anderson (Boeing)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the H.J.E. Reid Auditorium
(Video of the lecture) within the Langley firewall only


The talk begins with a review of the Boeing 787’s capabilities and its role in ‘changing the game.’ Next we turn to emerging capabilities that are likely to drive future air vehicles. Finally, we address particular new air vehicle concepts, and the role they play in exploring what the future might be. Throughout the presentation we remember contributions that NASA has made and will continue to make in moving ceaselessly toward the frontiers of flight. In the words of William E Boeing, “We are embarked as pioneers upon a new science and industry in which our problems are so new and unusual that it behooves no one to dismiss any novel idea with the statement that ‘it can’t be done!’”


photo of Mark Anderson from BoeingMark Anderson is Director – Flight Sciences Technology for Boeing Research & Technology. He is responsible for leading advanced research and technology development efforts in the fields of aerodynamics; flow control; computational fluid dynamics; propulsion; acoustics; guidance, navigation, and control; configuration design, and applied mathematics. In addition he serves as Chief Engineer for Flight & Systems Technology and as Flight Functional Leader.

He began his career as an aerodynamics engineer within Boeing Commercial Airplanes, serving in a series of research and product development assignments as an engineer, lead engineer, and manager. He was subsequently transferred to Boeing Research & Technology where he has served in a series of assignments with executive management responsibility since 2003.

He is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee, and served as a member of the National Research Council Committee to Assess NASA Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has served as Chairman of the AIAA national Aircraft Design Technical Committee and as General Chairman of the AIAA New Horizons in Aviation Forum. He is a member of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Engineering Advisory Board, and served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Washington Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Mark holds a BS Aeronautical Engineering degree from Wichita State University and an MS Aeronautics & Astronautics degree from Stanford University. In addition he studied political economy and history at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau engineering honor societies, and is registered in the State of Washington as a Professional Engineer.

C. Michael Holloway is hosting our speaker this month.