Laurette Lahey Sr. Director of Flight and Vehicle Technology, Boeing Research and Technology; Forum General Chair
AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
Laurette Lahey leads the Flight and Vehicle Technology team for Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T), Boeing’s centralized research and development unit. Lahey is responsible for technology strategy, research and development in Aerosciences, Guidance/Navigation/Control & Autonomy, Propulsion Systems, and Integrated Vehicle Technologies.
Previously, Lahey served as the Senior Chief Engineer for Flight and Controls for Boeing Defense, Space and Security. In this role, Lahey worked closely with program managers and chief engineers to help ensure the technical integrity of all BDS air and space products and services involving flight sciences and control system applications. Prior to this role Lahey was the director of BDS Flight Engineering and had functional management responsibility for more than 1,500 engineers as well as processes, tools and technical integrity. Lahey also led the BDS investment strategy and planning activities for technologies related to platform performance.
Lahey began her career in 1987 at Boeing Military Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS, as an aerodynamics engineer for tactical aircraft programs, gaining research and development expertise in vehicle sizing and configuration synthesis. She subsequently held positions with increasing technical and leadership responsibilities on both commercial and military aircraft programs with roles spanning aircraft stability and control, flight and propulsion systems architecture and design, airworthiness
determinations, mishap investigation and system safety; transitioning to a functional leadership role for Flight Engineering in late 2005.
Lahey has a bachelor of science in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Oklahoma State University where she has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Lahey is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is a member in the Society of Automotive Engineers International and the Society of Women Engineers.