Tauber Industry Advisory Board Representative
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Vice President Engineering for Airplane Development
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
Ed Petkus has held his current role at Boeing since May 2015. He is responsible for engineering of all Boeing Commercial airplane development programs. Petkus served as Director—deputy chief project engineer for the 787 derivatives program for five years. In this role he was responsible for technical performance of the 787 derivatives and ensuring the technical integrity and quality of engineering design, certification and safety. Petkus served as the vice president of Airplane Development and Engineering at Hawker Beechcraft Co. for 3 years. Prior to that he served in a variety of leadership roles at BCA for 15 years, including Director of Product Development for the 787 program. In 1991 Petkus joined Boeing and held progressively responsible engineering positions in Configuration Engineering Analysis and then in Product Development.
Petkus began his engineering career a the Naval Weapons Center as a research engineer in 1980.Petkus moved to the Northrop Company and worked in the Target Drone Division as a development engineer from 1982-1984. He then worked as a Division Manager for the Science Application International Corporation where he was responsible for Devense and Space Development programs from 1985-1991.
He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan (1980), Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington (1989) and completed the Advance Management Program at the Harvard Business School (2002).