For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2014
777X Systems Engineering & Integration Leader, Paul Lambertson, Speaks at Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s March Breakfast Meeting
EVERETT, WA – March 5, 2014 – Paul Lambertson, Boeing’s 777X Systems Engineering and Integration Leader, spoke to nearly 40 aerospace and business executives about the importance of Systems Engineering during Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s March Breakfast Meeting at Everett Community College.
In his introduction of Lambertson, Aerospace Analyst Michel Merluzeau of G2 Solutions talked about the importance of the 777X to the region’s aerospace cluster. Merluzeau said that as production rates continue to rise and competition increases, systems engineering will play a bigger role for local aerospace businesses.
“The Seattle cluster is undergoing a major shift. We can’t fall back and say everything is well. In the future, systems integration will be even more primordial.” Merluzeau noted that production surges over the next five years will be one of the industry’s biggest challenges. “One cannot underestimate the importance of 777X. The competition is doing everything they can to put together an aircraft that can compete.”
Systems Engineering and Integration will help businesses stay competitive by preventing waste, overspending and delays.
Lambertson, a retired Air Force command pilot and senior Systems Engineering leader, has described Systems Engineering as “the art and science of focusing in on life cycle problems” and explained that it attempts to bring costs, knowledge and decision making closer together.
Lambertson noted that systems engineering is more than processes and regulations. “Systems Engineering is also about teamwork and trust. You have to carefully balance the mission and the talent,” he said. “Systems engineering concentrates a lot more on overcoming challenges and understanding the impact of getting it right the first time.”
“Paul Lambertson provided great insight into the elements of Systems Engineering. He showed us how the key attributes of Commitment, Knowledge, and Cost relate to each other and drive the success of a program. He also contrasted the roles of Systems Engineering and Project Management -- and how they are both required for overall success,” said PNAA Chairman JC Hall.
Lambertson’s message resonated with business leaders attending the two hour business and networking meeting. “I am really glad I came this morning. I have gone through a lot of sales programs and you have captured this beautifully,” said Doug Kemper, CEO and president of Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington.
Stephen Hanneman, President of SMH Inc, which specializes in prototyping, casting, molding, and machining aerospace parts said, “Paul Lambertson brought a high level of understanding to a field that is not very well understood in smaller companies. He is a dynamic, articulate communicator and leader. With talent like Mr. Lambertson on board, Boeing is in good hands.”
In August 2013, Lambertson was named 777X Systems Engineering & Integration Leader for Boeing. In this role, he leads all aspects of Systems Engineering and Integration on the 777X program. Previously, he was the Chief Engineer of Systems Engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Prior to joining Boeing in August 2010, Lambertson served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. A command, instructor and examiner pilot, he logged over 3,300 flying hours in various aircraft worldwide.
“When I retired, there was only one place I wanted to work. It was Boeing. When I was in the Air Force I took Boeing jets into some really nasty places, and they always got me home. I work for Boeing because I am passionate about what I do.”
Lambertson’s career includes a variety of management and senior leadership positions in numerous specialties. Prior to his retirement, he served as the first Director of Systems Engineering at the US Air Force Academy and was called on to advise senior national government, academic and industrial leaders on Systems Engineering.
Lambertson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Space Operations from the US Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) has been promoting the growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest for over 13 years. Its primary purpose is to help grow and maintain a viable aerospace industry in the region. This is accomplished through frequent educational and networking events and informing members and participants of important industry changes and business opportunities.
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