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AE 590 Seminar: Stillwell Memorial Lecture - Sustainability in Aerospace Technologies

Event Type
Department of Aerospace Engineering
CIF 2035
Sep 12, 2022   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
TIA BENSON TOLLE, Ph.D., Director, Materials and Sustainability Product Development | Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Courtney McLearin
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Aerospace Engineering Seminars

Abstract: Aerospace technologies help connect our world.  Advanced materials and technologies have been used to improve airplanes, satellites, unmanned aerial vehicle and other products over the past few decades, due to their ability to meet the demanding performance and production requirements.  Today’s technologies are expected to perform against not only demanding aerospace requirements but also sustainability expectations and priorities.  This talk will share future expectations of commercial aerospace and discuss some sustainability challenges and opportunities people can work together.   

About the speaker: Tia Benson Tolle serves as director of Materials and Sustainability for Product Development in Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  In this role she leads the team responsible for developing and deploying materials and sustainability technologies for future production systems, products and services. 

Prior to this role, she led Materials and Fabrication team for Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development team, during which she led efforts for implementation of improved materials on the 777X, insertion of additive manufactured materials on the 787, and the piloting of carbon fiber composite recycling.  

Benson Tolle joined Boeing in 2012.  She began her aerospace career at NASA and later through progressively more responsible leadership positions in the Air Force Research Laboratory. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Materials Science and Engineering both from the University of Dayton.  She also earned an Emerging Leader Certificate from the University of Dayton.  Benson Tolle was named a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), is an International Past President of SAMPE, and served as President of the Materials Research Society (2014).

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