2017 CERS Keynote Speaker
Patricia Stevens is the Chief Technologist for Boeing Phantom Works Rotary Wing Programs. This organization develops the advanced technologies, configurations, and prototypes to promote Vertical Lift growth into the next decades. In this role she manages the R&D portfolio, leads the Vertical Lift Technology Strategy Team, and leads functional engineering for the organization. Previous positions for Boeing include Program Manager for DARPA DiscRotor, Program Manager for Improvised Explosive Device Defeat, Lead Technologist for Army Systems Business Unit and Technical Lead for Sensors and Fire Control for RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter. She was selected as a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in 2003.
Dr. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1990, and a Ph.D. in 2001, all from Penn State. She was appointed a Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna in 2010. She is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, an active member of the American Helicopter Society, and served on the Board of Trustees for the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center. She resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband and their twin boys.
Keynote Speech Title: Innovation for Boeing’s Second Century
During the last 100 years, humans went from walking on Earth to walking on the moon. They went from
riding horses to flying jet airplanes. With each decade, aviation technology crossed another frontier,
and, with each crossing, the world changed.
During that same century, generations of talented Boeing employees helped build the world’s largest
aerospace company—and shaped the course of history along the way. Boeing celebrated its centennial
in 2016 and is positioned for a second century of aerospace leadership. Dr. Stevens’ keynote
presentation will provide a brief history of Boeing achievements. She will then talk about the challenges
and opportunities facing the 21 st century aerospace industry and how Boeing is preparing for those