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"Science Will Lead Us Out of the Pandemic"

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
11:30am to 12:30pm
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Naveed Hussain, Vice President & General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology,
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As air travel resumes and restrictions ease around the globe, passenger and crew health and safety are always our top priority. Science innovation through industry collaboration will lead us out of the pandemic by offering a safe, healthy and efficient travel experience by minimizing air travel health risks. This means treating COVID-19 like any threat to the safety of an airplane – by assessing the hazard, understanding the environment, and applying proven aerospace engineering practices and data to find solutions. This applies to any traveler's curb-to-curb journey and covers many layers of protection to: prevent the virus from reaching the airplane; protect the airplane and keep it free of viruses through disinfecting and cleaning; and limit the potential transmission of viruses on the airplane.

This event is part of the Boeing/Caltech Annual Review and is open only to Caltech students, staff, and faculty.

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About the Speaker

Naveed Hussain is the vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), the advanced central research and development unit of The Boeing Company. As a trusted research, technology and technical leader, BR&T develops innovative technologies that break barriers, enabling the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services.

Named to this position in 2018, Hussain leads a team of scientists, technologists, technicians and engineers who collaborate with research and development partners worldwide to solve the aerospace industry's toughest challenges. He has oversight of operations at five research centers in the U.S. including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington, as well as seven international research centers in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and South Korea.

Prior to this assignment, Hussain was the vice president of Aeromechanics Technology for Boeing. Previously, he led Platform & Networked Systems Technology for BR&T, launched the BR&T – India research center in Bangalore and directed Boeing Defense, Space, & Security Flight Engineering. He holds six patents and joined the company as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow in 1990.

Hussain earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. He also completed a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.