PITTSBURGH (April 11,
2019) … This year’s Distinguished Alumni from the University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering have worked with lesson plans and strategic
plans, cosmetics and the cosmos, brains and barrels and bridges. It’s a diverse
group, but each honoree shares two things in common on their long lists of
accomplishments: outstanding achievement in their fields, and of course,
graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
This year’s recipient for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and
Materials Science is Kevin McAllister, BSMEMS ‘ 86, executive vice president of
The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing
Commercial Airplanes (BCA).
The six individuals representing each of the Swanson School’s
departments and one overall honoree representing the entire school gathered at
the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at the University of Pittsburgh’s
Alumni Hall to accept their awards. James R. Martin, US Steel Dean of
Engineering, led the banquet for the first time since starting his tenure at
Pitt in the fall.
“An degree in MEMS from Pitt is an invitation to create and influence
things that affect our everyday lives, and Kevin is a great example of that,”
says Dean Martin. “The knowledge and skills he learned here at Swanson gave him
a solid foundation. From his aviation work at GE and Boeing to his role as
Chairman of the Board of Directors of ORBIS International, dedicated to
preserving and restoring eyesight worldwide, he’s expanding he is influential
both on and off the tarmac.”
Kevin McAllister is Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and
President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). He
is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council and serves as Boeing’s senior
executive in the Pacific Northwest. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the
University of Pittsburgh in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
Named BCA president and CEO in November 2016, he is responsible for
delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its commercial
Before joining Boeing, McAllister was President and Chief Executive
Officer of GE Aviation Services, a more than $9-billion business committed to
helping operators of the more than 34,000 GE and CFM commercial engines achieve
the lowest lifecycle cost of ownership via a fully customizable suite of
products and offerings.
Prior to leading GE Aviation Services, McAllister was Vice President
and General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing, leading record growth in the
GE Aviation backlog. He was appointed an officer of the General Electric Company
in 2008 and was appointed as a member of GE Company's Corporate Executive
Council in 2013. He was honored with the Chairman's Leadership Award in 2012
and Heroes of Growth Award in 2010.
McAllister first joined GE Aviation Services in 1998 as a Master Black
Belt leading Six Sigma productivity improvements across the global network of
Component Repair Operations. Later that year, he was selected to lead Six Sigma
program across Services, including Overhaul & Repair Operations, Materials,
Engineering and Marketing & Sales.
In 2000, he became General Manager of a newly formed GE Engines
Services Customer Satisfaction Organization. From 2001 to 2005, McAllister was
general manager of global Customer & Product Support Operations. McAllister
joined GE Aviation from Howmet Corporation in 1989 and held various materials
engineering leadership roles.
Contact: Maggie Pavlick