Sigma: April 1, 2014

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

Mark Anderson (Boeing)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air and Space Center in downtown Hampton, Virginia. FREE (no reservations).


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!’”


Sigma Poster - contains the same information as the textMark Anderson is Director of 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 is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Engineering Advisory Board, and has served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Washington Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Mark holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University and an MS in Aeronautics & Astronautics 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 a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

C. Michael Holloway is hosting our speaker this month.