Boeing Pledge to Power Construction of MIT's new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

Boeing to be lead sponsor of most advanced academic wind tunnel in U.S.

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Boeing (a DiversityInc Noteworthy Company) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced Nov. 13 that Boeing will be the lead donor in the replacement of MIT's 79-year-old Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel with a new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel that will be the largest and most advanced academic wind tunnel in the United States.


Boeing has made a funding pledge to become the lead donor of the $18 million project. Terms of the Boeing pledge were not disclosed.

The gift reflects the century-long relationship between MIT and Boeing that helped ignite the global aerospace industry, and also points to the future of research and development that will fuel continued innovation, according to Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president, Engineering Test & Technology.

"Few relationships in aerospace can compare to the ties between MIT and Boeing, and we are thrilled and gratified to be part of this critically important renovation that will launch our relationship into the second century of aerospace," Hyslop said.  "Several of Boeing's founding leaders studied at MIT, we have worked with the great people and facilities at MIT over the decades, and with this gift, we will continue in the years to come."

A number of Boeing founding leaders studied at MIT, including Donald Douglas, SrJames S. McDonnell, and the first Boeing engineer, Wong Tsu, who designed Boeing's first commercially successful airplane, the Model C, in 1916.  Currently, Boeing employs more than 800 MIT alumni around the world. In addition, more than 50 Boeing executives as well as more than 60 members of the Boeing Technical Fellowship hold MIT degrees.

"In our first 100 years, Boeing has collaborated with MIT in many ways to give rise to the aerospace industry, and then disrupt it with big ideas and innovative applications of new technologies," Hyslop said. "Today's agreement is a big step in continuing our strong relationship to further stretch, disrupt and grow our industry. Together we will continue to change the world."

With the added designation 'The Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel -- a Gift of the Boeing Company,' the new tunnel, like the current tunnel, will be operated by the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

"The new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel will present MIT with a state-of-the-art research and teaching tool for many years to come," said MIT AeroAstro Department head Jaime Peraire. "We greatly appreciate Boeing's generosity and commitment to future generations of aerospace engineers and their research."

The new tunnel will be constructed on the site of the current tunnel which was dedicated in September 1938.  From its early days during World War II, when technicians worked around the clock designing military aircraft, testing in the tunnel has branched out to include ground antenna configurations, ski gear, space suits, wind turbines, ship sails and most recently, a design for clean, quiet and super-efficient commercial aircraft.

Boeing Announces $6 million Investment in Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Investment aimed at developing diverse students interested in aerospace careers.

Originally Published by Boeing.

Boeing announced a $6 million investment in the future technical workforce through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the black college community.

To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides programmatic, capacity building, public policy and advocacy support for its 47 member-schools and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them.

"This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent," said Michael Ford, Boeing vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion. "Through scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive opportunities at Boeing, we hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry."

"The support from Boeing is more than a gift," said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO. "It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving students."

The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive "boot camp" programs that will introduce students to Boeing's culture and career paths. Eight HBCUs will benefit from this support, including:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tuskegee University

Students from other HBCUs can also take advantage of the investment through TMCF's award-winning Leadership Institute.

The announcement builds on Boeing's ongoing investment in HBCUs, including South Carolina State University, Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University.

Boeing Announces Details of $100 Million Employee Education Investment

Crowdsourcing drives new learning programs funded by U.S tax reform savings.

Originally Published by Boeing.

Boeing launched new workforce development programs, the latest step in fulfilling its 2017 pledge to invest $300 million in employees, infrastructure and local communities as a result of U.S. tax reform.

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​Boeing and Motorola Solutions Foundation present inaugural Chicago STEM Signing Day

50 Chicago-area students recognized for academic achievements in STEM. Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson among attendees

Originally Published by Boeing.

Just like signing days for athletes, the inaugural Chicago Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Signing Day on Thursday, May 24, celebrated high school seniors from across the Chicagoland area as they made commitments to some of the country's top technical schools, colleges and universities. These students will apply their talents in pursuit of STEM careers that will place them on the fast track to success in technical fields like those in the aerospace and telecommunications industries.

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