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SPEEA leadership a factor in
achieving ‘Technical Fellow’
PORTLAND– Matt Carter, one of the recently named
2016 Technical Fellows,
believes his experience as
a SPEEA Council Rep for
more than 20 years contributed to his success.
“This is one of the best
career moves I ever made,”
said Carter, who resigned
the role a few years ago.
“Even several years out,
it continues to pay dividends.”
Carter, Associate Technical
Fellow (ATF) with expertise in metals process
development, was nominated for Technical Fellow and went through a
rigorous application process to be accepted.
His experience as a Council Rep, and his proactive
approach, led to a network, and “more importantly, relationships that helped my career,” he said.
In describing the benefits Carter gained from his
experience as a longstanding Oregon Council
Rep, he shared the following (in italics).
“In the CR role, my focus was on problem prevention
over problem resolution. Relationships with both members and mangers developed while I was in that role.
At first, I took the approach because problem prevention was less effort and more positive than problem
solving. I quickly realized the positive aspects were
substantial. Members very much valued the positive
aspect over traditional fire fighting and had better
career experiences and as a result became highly
valuable relationships. Managers felt the same way.”
Carter pursued the next step in the Boeing
Technical Excellence program in part to help
others, much like he did as a Council Rep. “I
want to provide greater
leverage to advance col-
leagues, the community
and the company,” he
In reference to the community, Carter is already active
in a number of ways. In fact,
he’s received one of SPEEA’s
highest honors, the Stephen
Pezzini Helping Other
People Excel (HOPE)
award because of his efforts.
In addition to robotics mentoring with high
school students and
mountain climbing, he’s
connected to the community based on his technical
experience. He continues to serve on an advisory
board for mechanical engineering at Portland
State University. Plus, he’s involved in collaborating on a joint university effort to develop a
research center that focuses on sustainability in
materials and manufacturing.
Having tried before to achieve the Technical
Fellow rank, he said the pivotal reason for his
recent success could be linked to Boeing’s growing recognition of the need to find ways to adapt
new technology to production, for example.
“We need both invention and application to bring
value,” he said. “The recognition of the benefit
of both skill sets is the tipping point,” he said.
His advice for those interested in pursuing the
Technical Excellence rank may seem simple but
indisputable. “Be useful.”
The Technical Fellow award, he said, “is for one
person – standing on the shoulders of many.”
See the rest of the SPEEA-represented employees named 2016 Technical Fellows and Senior
Technical Fellows on page 10.
Matt Carter, a SPEEA member in Portland and
former Council Rep, is shown here in a photo taken
for a SPEEA Spotlite article in 2013.