Linda Hapgood Vice President, Engineering Practices, Processes and Tools; and Functional Chief Engineer for Systems Engineering The Boeing Company
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Linda Hapgood is Boeing’s vice president of Engineering Practices, Processes and Tools and functional chief engineer for Systems Engineering. She leads Boeing’s development and implementation of digital engineering, including model-based engineering and the company’s engineering Design Practices.
Previously, Hapgood served as the chief operating officer for Initium, a joint venture of The Boeing Company and Safran, which designs, manufactures and services auxiliary power units for the commercial aircraft market.
Prior to that, she was the chief engineer for airplane systems for Boeing’s 767 and 747 airplane programs in Everett, Washington, where she led step-change innovations for Boeing manufacturing such as the first use of augmented reality glasses for Boeing electricians installing complex wiring in the aircraft fuselage.
Hapgood began her Boeing career as a systems engineer with Boeing Australia, and has also served as an avionics project engineer, customer engineer, and in other engineering and program management roles.
Hapgood holds a bachelor’s of engineering degree in aerospace avionics from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and a Master of Business degree in Technology Management from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
She holds a U.S. Patent for her work in Methods & Systems for Managing (Airplane) Computer System Configuration Data. In 2014, she was named as one of Aviation Week Magazine’s “Top 40 Under Forty” rising stars in the aerospace and defense industry.