Industry Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: January 30, 2018
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • Industry Engineer of the Year, 2019

    Rod Boyer, RBTi Consulting

    2019 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the ASM International

    Rod Boyer

    Rod Boyer
    RBTi Consulting

    Rod Boyer, RBTi Consulting, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Industry Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his many contributions to the aviation industry as a titanium specialist investigating the metallurgy of titanium and developing techniques for fabrication of titanium alloy air frame components. He was employed by The Boeing Company from 1965 through 2011 and now operates a consulting practice.

    At Boeing, his efforts were focused on increasing the understanding of titanium metallurgy, including the effects of processing variations resulting in microstructural variations and the resultant effect on the properties of titanium alloys.  He conducted research on all product forms used on aircraft and studied almost all of the processes involved in the fabrication of titanium components, from melting to mill processing, secondary processing (forging, extrusions, etc.) to machining.  The result of his work was implementation of several new technologies on Boeing and other aircraft.

    He directed the industrial effort on titanium alloy development for the NASA-sponsored High Speed Civil Transport Program and has been involved in several Air Force-sponsored Materials Affordability Initiative Programs involving advancing the understanding of titanium metallurgy.  He focused on powder metallurgy during his last three years at Boeing, both blended and pre-alloyed.  He led the effort in obtaining static design allowables for the blended elemental powder metallurgy product which has been approved by Boeing.  Powder metallurgy ensures very low waste levels compared to most other material commodities, such as forgings and plate, helping Boeing achieve environmental goals.

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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

  • 2017 – Majid Abab, The Boeing Company
  • 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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