Industry Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: April 13, 2022
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • Industry Engineer of the Year, 2022

    Luis Leon

    The Boeing Company

    Luis Leon, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Industry Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his many contributions to the aviation industry as a materials and process engineer, his technical expertise in metallurgical alloys and their processes, his numerous patents, and his leadership of multiple engineering professional organizations.

    He has primarily worked in research, process and product development, and manufacturing and production fields within the Boeing Company. He participated in the design of the first close-coupled aluminum solution heat treatment facility that is used for heat treating precipitation hardening of aluminum alloys. This process was used to produce hardened aluminum components that were used to replace cracking skin components on the B-747 aircraft. He worked as a member of the engineering team that conducted initial design studies that led to the development of the B-787 aircraft. His knowledge of materials processing led to evaluation of alternatives to the current propulsion system major structure design. He oversaw the Propulsion Technology Portfolio composed of enterprise-wide projects. He was responsible for assessing the materials and processes for each project and determining which best met new and derivative aircraft needs. In this role, he provided leadership for applications designed using titanium matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, polyimides, and high temperature material systems.

    He has been an active member of ASM International and Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC). He developed the template for PSEC’s student mentor nights that are conducted annually at local universities and colleges to enable engineers of many disciplines to share their career experiences with the students.

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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

  • 2019 – Rod Boyer, RBTi Consulting
  • 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