Industry Engineer of the Year, 2019

January 14, 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.

Industrial Engineer of the Year, 2018

January 30, 2018


No Industrial Engineer of the Year recipient was awarded this year.

Industry Engineer of the Year, 2017

January 18, 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.


2015 Industry Engineer of the Year

January 25, 2016

Dr. Daniel Sanders, PhD

Dr. Daniel Sanders, PhD

Dr. Daniel Sanders, PhD, The Boeing Company

2015 Award Recipient

Nominated by the ASM International

Dr. Daniel Sanders, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Industry Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his leadership in industrial integration of new technologies in aerospace manufacturing.  He has been involved in a variety of metals materials and process development activities, with a particular focus in manufacturing using advanced alloys such as titanium. Although he is an accomplished inventor, he is best known at Boeing and the industry as an industrial integrator of new technologies, having implemented numerous new manufacturing processes and aerospace alloys into production.  One example of his direct application of engineering science has resulted in the creation of a factory at the Boeing Auburn Fabrication plant, which employs over 450 people engaged in titanium manufacturing such as superplastic forming, diffusion bonding, heat treating, robotic assembly, and welding.

Dr. Sanders’ inventions related to titanium laser welding, friction stir welding, diffusion bonding, and superplastic forming have led to a reduction in the waste associated with the manufacturing of titanium airplane components. Using these novel methods, the buy-to-fly ratio (amount of material purchased divided by the amount that is actually used) has been reduced from as high as 32:1 to a level with much less scrap, around 3:1.  Reducing the machining and amount of scrap not only reduces the overall cost, but also reduces the amount of electricity needed to build aircraft components.

Dr. Sanders was selected by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to be one of their representatives to the ABET accreditation board, which audits the quality of engineering degree programs offered by universities around the world.  He also assists the engineering degree programs at the University of Washington and Central Washington University as a consultant for managing their curriculum and degree programs.

Dr. Sanders is an active member of several engineering societies, such as ASM International, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Many of his technical papers have been published in society journals, and he has participated in many continuing education programs sponsored by these professional organizations.  He also has been active with the FIRST Robotics Challenge for high school students in Washington and Oregon.