Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Jeanne Yu is a visionary leader in the aerospace industry with over 30 years of experience at Boeing, where she received numerous honors in the areas of sustainability and accelerating new technologies. Most recently, she was the Product Development Director of Technology Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, she planned and executed Boeing’s technology R&D portfolio for current and future commercial airplanes. In 2010, Ms. Yu created the innovative ecoDemonstrator Program, a cadence of flight test platforms to catalyze “learn by doing” and accelerate innovation, collaboration, and technology implementation. Seven ecoDemonstrator airplanes have flown to date, including the 737, 787, 777, 757 and an Embraer E170. She also established a Design for Environment program focusing technology on energy, global and local emissions, community noise, and better sustainable materials. Ms. Yu initiated and led Boeing’s first biofuel flights on commercial aircraft establishing the viability of sustainable aviation biofuel and its reduced lifecycle carbon footprint. She has previous experience in Environmental Control Systems, air quality, 787 cabin environment, fire protection systems and certification. Ms. Yu has served on the National Academies Engineering panel and Transportation Research Board Committees, FAA Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee, International UK advisory for Aviation and Environment, OMEGA, and the FAA Center of Excellence for Aircraft - Cabin Environment. She was inducted as an AIAA Associate Fellow in 2019. She is also an International Coach Federation certified coach. Ms. Yu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Thermosciences from Stanford University. Prior to joining Boeing, she worked at Sandia National Laboratories. Throughout her career, Ms. Yu has chosen to Lean Forward, Learn Continuously and Lead with Courageous Optimism.