Lynne Thompson Hopper
VP of Engineering Strategy & Operations at the Boeing Company

Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 3:00pm
MEK 3350
Reception with refreshments will follow, 4pm-4:30pm

ABSTRACT: Make sure you find a job you enjoy!! There are a lot of options out there, in any industry. Analysis, design, laboratory and flight testing, customer support and more. Some opportunities are very focused, and some are higher system level. You may have one type of work you prefer over others. You can learn new things and pivot to different roles as an engineer, and everything you learn will build upon itself and make you a stronger and more capable engineer. This improves your market value and your job satisfaction. Join Lynne as she speaks from her experience as a University of Utah mechanical engineering graduate, and her career in aerospace. She will give examples of different types of work you can do as an engineer and talk about how her career evolved working at The Boeing Company.

Bio: Lynne Hopper is vice president and general manager of Engineering Strategy & Operations at The Boeing Company. Most recently, Hopper served as vice president of Engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Previously, Hopper was vice president of Boeing Test & Evaluation, where she was responsible for laboratory and flight test operations in support of validation and certification of Boeing commercial and defense products. Before that, Hopper served as vice president of Engineering, Modifications & Maintenance for Boeing Global Services, overseeing fleet engineering services; aircraft modifications; logistics and support; aircraft-on-ground services; forward-base deployment with operators around the world; and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Shanghai, San Antonio and Cecil Field, Florida.

During her time at Boeing, Hopper has held a number of leadership roles, including overseeing material services for aircraft spare-parts sales, services and global distribution network. She’s also led Commercial Aviation Services’ data analytics team and managed Customer Support for the world’s largest fleet of commercial jetliners — more than 13,000 airplanes — helping more than 800 operators maintain their fleets throughout their product life cycle. Hopper also held leadership positions on 737, 747 and 757 airplane programs and in safety and airworthiness, including leading the development of regulatory-delegated authorized representatives for Commercial Airplanes. Hopper has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.