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Sustainable Aviation: Addressing the Climate Challenge Facing Aviation

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Department of Aerospace Engineering
CIF 1025
Apr 3, 2024   4:00 pm  
Dr. Jim Hileman, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Sustainability and Future Mobility for Boeing
Courtney McLearin
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Aerospace connects people and enables global commerce and trade. However, it also creates 2.5% of the world’s CO2 emissions and has non-CO2 impacts. Boeing is united with our customers and governments around the globe in committing to bold climate change ambitions, and support civil aviation’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are pursuing a multi-pronged approach to achieve net zero emissions that includes fleet renewal, renewable energy, advanced technology, and operational efficiency. In addition to supporting civil aviation’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, we are working to understand and mitigate non-CO2 effects. The seminar will discuss ongoing efforts being taken by Boeing and others across the aviation sector to address the climate challenge facing aviation. 

A reception will follow the presentation. Please RSVP to aid in planning for this event. 

About the speaker: Dr. Jim Hileman is the Vice President and Chief Engineer of Sustainability and Future Mobility for Boeing. He oversees a team that’s leveraging rapid advancements in energy, propulsion, materials, and autonomy technologies to help Boeing connect the world with safe and sustainable transport. This includes oversight of the teams supporting our work in emerging, advanced aerial mobility applications such as our joint ventures with Wisk Aero, which produces an electric, self-flying air taxi, and SkyGrid, which is developing tools to manage airspace integration and to deliver operational functions. It also includes leadership of Cascade, a data modeling tool to show the most effective scenarios for reaching net zero by 2050. 

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