Industry Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: January 18, 2017
by Stan Dyck

Current Recipient

  • Industry Engineer of the Year, 2017

    Majid Abab, The Boeing Company

    Majid Abab
    The Boeing Company

    2107 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

    Majid Abab, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Industry Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his many contributions to developing process improvements for Boeing production shops and assembly operations and for his development of simulation procedures to enable optimization of industrial processes.  During his 38-year career with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, he has had numerous organizational responsibilities and special taskforce assignments within all aspect of industrial engineering functions.  As the leader of the Core Industrial Engineering Organization, he was responsible for developing and deploying process improvements as well as developing strategic plans for utilization and career planning of industrial engineering employees.  In addition, he managed the Boeing Industrial Engineering Internship Program for many years.

    He created the Industrial Engineering Virtual University at Boeing that supports industrial engineers throughout the company.  This web-based information repository gives company engineers 24-hour access to detailed information about 14 major areas of industrial engineering.  He has used industrial engineering methods to help lead development of new production systems which improve environmental performance both at the factory and in the operation of commercial aircraft.  Under Majid’s coaching and guidance, industrial engineers at Boeing have worked on cross-functional team projects and airplane programs involving alternative fuels, improved navigation systems, cleaner burning engines, and improved aerodynamics. Each new generation of aircraft has reduced carbon dioxide and other emissions per passenger-mile flown.

    He is an active member of the industry advisory boards for industrial engineering programs at three major universities, participates in Junior Achievement programs at local high schools, coaches youth soccer, and volunteers with the American Red Cross.

     

Award Criteria

  • Has contributed significantly to the application of engineering in industry.
  • Has shown leadership in advancing or improving the industrial process.
  • Has demonstrated use of engineering to minimize environmental impacts.

Past Recipients

  • 2015 – Daniel Sanders, PhD – The Boeing Company
  • 2013 – Shanying Zeng, Ph. D. – The Boeing Company
  • 2012 – Linda M. S. Thomas – The Boeing Company
  • 2011 – Tamaira Ross – The Boeing Company
  • 2010 – Glen J. Bertini, PE – Novinium
  • 2009 – Leonard Frederick Reid – Fatigue Technology, Inc.
  • 2008 – Arlene McKeeman Brown – The Boeing Company
  • 2007 – Dr. Naval Agarwal – The Boeing Company
  • 2006 – Cynthia Wernet PE – The Boeing Company
  • 2005 – James T. Russell
  • 2004 – Roger Gallington Ph.D. PE – American Challenge
  • 2003 – John R. Holmquist PE, NSPE – Weyerhaeuser
  • 2002 – Edward R. Schild PE, NSPE – Puget Sound Energy
  • 2001 – Mostafa Rasaian Ph.D. PE – The Boeing Company
  • 2000 – Michael A. Landy – BF Goodrich Aerospace Company
  • 1999 – W. Marlo Stebner – The Boeing Company
  • 1998 – Glenn K. Landguth PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1997 – Richard J Schonberger Ph.D – Schonberger Assoc
  • 1995 – Warren E. Jamison Ph.D, PE – Salient Systems Inc.
  • 1994 – Eugene K. Melnick PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1993 – Kathryn Whiting – The Boeing Company
  • 1992 – Robert J. Gerrish PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1991 – Richard Coe Ph.D – The Boeing Company
  • 1990 – Douglas E. Miller PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1989 – Robert M. Braukus – Puget Sound Power & Light
  • 1988 – David W. Harris – The Boeing Company
  • 1987 – Douglas C. Montgomery Ph.D – University of Washington
  • 1986 – Alan R. Mulally – The Boeing Company
  • 1985 – David L. Coffman – Coffman Engineers
  • 1984 – James A. Kinghorn – U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1983 – Robert Pedersen PE – Wash. Surveying & Rating B.
  • 1982 – William Beebe – The Boeing Company
  • 1981 – Robert Gilmore
  • 1980 – Robert T. Bronder PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1979 – Elizabeth Plunkett – The Boeing Company

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