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BARC Seminar Series

The BARC seminar series brings top Boeing Researchers to give talks at UW, and UW Faculty give talks at Boeing. The seminars in UW are attended by faculty and students from the College of Engineering. Boeing speakers discuss the engineering issues in their topic of expertise and provide insights into what helped then succeed in their careers UW speakers present at the Boeing Distinguished Researcher/Scholar Seminar (B-DRASS) Series at Boeing, which is the Technical Discussion Forum (TDF) at Boeing.

Boeing Speakers

Current and Next Generation Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) for Manufacturing

by Gary Georgeson, Ph.D.
Gary Georgeson
Seminar Flyer
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) plays an essential role in ensuring that the quality of a manufactured part that will be utilized for its structural features and performance capabilities. Whether the part is on an airplane or bridge deck or automobile, the confidence that the part will perform as designed under all relevant loading conditions is essential to the fabricator and the user.
This presentation will describe the current and emerging roles of NDE in U.S. manufacturing, with a focus on innovative technology and methods being developed for aerospace applications. Interesting examples of how NDE makes a difference will be given. The significant challenges and opportunities that NDE development faces today will also be described
Gary Georgeson is the Senior Technical Fellow in Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) at Boeing, where he has worked since 1988 in Seattle, Washington. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Gary is the technical leader to Boeing NDE scientists, engineers and technicians, advancing methods for evaluating aerospace structures, particularly composites, during manufacturing and aircraft service. As Boeing’s most prolific inventor, he has developed or co-developed numerous NDE systems and methods (200+ patents). For example, Gary is the co-inventor of the Boeing X-ray Backscatter System, the Boeing Rotorblade Crawler and the Boeing ROVER Robot, which were each developed for automated inspections of various aerospace structure. His work has supported numerous Boeing programs, and helped win contract R&D programs from the USAF, USN, NASA, TTCI, and the FAA. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing, and a regular keynote speaker, having spoken about the importance of NDE in Spain, Singapore, Germany, Brazil, China and France, as well as the U.S..
On a personal note, he has been married to his wonderful wife Lori for 35 years, and has three adult children and a one year old granddaughter. He also holds a Masters in Theology, and is the pastor of a church he founded in 1990 that serves the poor in his community.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Industry

by Anne Kao, Ph.D.
Anne Kao
Seminar Flyer
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing fields in computer science, and the hottest topic in modern technology, promising to revolutionize our daily lives. In this talk, Anne will review briefly the evolution of AI, the past and current state, and where we see its successes. She will also discuss applications of AI in aviation industry and how it might impact our daily life and people’s careers.
Anne will also discuss career development with participants of the seminar after the technical talk.
As a Senior Technical Fellow in Boeing Research and Technology, Anne Kao is responsible for leading enterprise research and development of advanced analytics, aligning the Long Range Plan/Operating Plan (LRP/OP) with Boeing BGS, BCA, BOS and IT, and coordination of data analytics activities. This responsibility includes leadership of technology advancement, intellectual property strategy, enterprise leadership in transferring new analytics technology, technical interface to the US government, US and international university collaboration and defining priorities for teaching and mentoring on data analytics.
Anne’s specialty is Data Analytics, especially text analytics, and artificial intelligence. Her research interest is in philosophy of language, especially “Ordinary Language Philosophy,” and Direct Reference Theory, epistemology, and Naïve Realism. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from National ChenChi University and a Masters in Philosophy from the Chinese Culture University, both in Taiwan. She then received her MS in Computer Science from the San Diego State University and her PhD in Philosophy from the Chinese Culture University.
Currently, she is leading Boeing data analytics and artificial intelligence research and strategy as a Boeing Senior Technical Fellow.

Industrializing Composites Materials

by Tia Benson Tolle, Ph.D.
Tia Benson Tolle
Seminar Flyer
Advanced composite materials have their roots in aerospace applications, and represent one of the preferred engineering materials for structural applications where high strength-to weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required. Various material systems have been developed to meet specific applications and service environments, and their performance benefits have been realized. Numerous manufacturing processes have been developed as well, offering designers options for building the material/component. Today we see many aerospace systems using composites, and a growing market for diverse aerospace systems. As new aerospace vehicles and frontiers grow, the application of advancements in the manufacturing of composites will have the opportunity to evolve to enable their industrialization for an exciting future.
Tia Benson Tolle graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She also earned her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Dayton. In addition she holds a Masters Certificate in Leadership and Executive Development from the University of Dayton and completed the Air Force Senior Leadership Development Course and Air War College Senior Leader Course from the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base.
Tia joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center 1983 as a co-op student and in 1986 as a Flight Crew Instructor in the Space Shuttle Flight Training Division, Mission Operations Directorate. In 1989, she joined the Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright Laboratory, as a Composite Structures Program Manager in the Advanced Composites Advanced Development Program Office.
Tia joined the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, in 1992. She held several positions, including Chief of the Structural Materials Branch and lead of the Composites Core Technology Area. During this period she was responsible for materials for satellites, airframes, engines and launch vehicles spanning basic research to advanced development and transition. In 2007, she was assigned as the Technology Director of the Nonmetallic Materials Division. She was also USAF Deputy to the DoD Reliance Community of Interest for Materials and Processes, coordinating research interests across Defense Science and Technology. In 2012, Tia joined Boeing as the Director of Advanced Materials, Product Development at Boeing Commercial Aircraft. In this position she is accountable for the integrated materials portfolio for Boeing’s commercial airplane products.
Tia is a Fellow by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), an International Past President of SAMPE, and was President of the Materials Research Society (2014). She is the BCA Executive Sponsor for Boeing’s SAMPE External Technical Affiliation as well as Edmonds Community College. Serves on Iowa State University’s Aerospace Engineering Department’s Industry Advisory Council, University of Washington Materials Science & Engineering Department’s Industry Advisory Council, and is a Trustee of Edmonds Community College.