path. While on assignment at Ed Wells, Agarwal
worked with several other SMEs (across the Boeing
enterprise and beyond) to develop and teach highly
valued and popular technical classes, using his own
experience as an instructor to lead by example.
Griffin was recognized: “For pioneering research
in adaptive structures and vibration management,
technology demonstration and risk reduction for operation flight systems, and service to AIAA and higher
education.” Located at a Boeing facility in Hawaii,
Griffin has been an Ed Wells instructor since 2012.
He has developed and taught four classes for
• Adaptive Structures for Vibration
• Vibration Reducing Devices for Aircraft
• Line of Sight Modeling of Optical Systems
• Applied Acoustics*
* Co-teaches with Naval Agarwal, Ph.D.
Griffin is a presenter on the Boeing Education
Network (BEN) for Ed Wells Aug. 3.
The AIAA is the world's largest technical society
dedicated to the global aerospace profession. To be
considered for the distinction of “Fellow,” a candidate must have been previously approved as an
Associate Fellow. Only 0.1% of the AIAA membership can be approved as Fellows in a given year. This
year was especially competitive with only 21 Fellows
accepted, making this distinction even greater.
Congratulations to both of these subject matter experts for Ed Wells. Their commitment to
knowledge sharing helps Ed Wells Partnership
promote technical excellence.
for Ed Wells’
By Maria Nelson
Ed Wells Partnership SPEEA co-director
The Ed Wells Partnership works very hard to recruit the best and the brightest at Boeing to develop and teach classes.
This fact was strongly reinforced when two Ed
Wells Subject Matter Expert (SME) instructors
were recently summoned to Washington, D.C.,
to be honored by the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Naval Agarwal, Ph.D., Technical Fellow (TF) and
Steven Griffin, Ph.D., Senior Technical Fellow
(STF) were selected as AIAA Fellows, an honor
reserved for a select group of the AIAA membership. AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow
upon individuals in recognition of their notable
and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or
technology of aeronautics and astronautics.
Agarwal, a SPEEA member was recognized: “For
sustained innovative contributions and leadership
in aeroacoustics, airplane acoustics and measurement techniques that contributed to aircraft noise
He has taught four classes for Ed Wells:
• Speech Intelligibility
• Introduction to Acoustics
• Impact of Turbulent Boundary Layer
Pressure Fluctuations on Interior Noise
• Applied Acoustics*
* Co-teaches with Steven Griffin, Ph.D.
The classes have been offered several times due to
their popularity. Agarwal also presented technical
topics on the Boeing Education Network (BEN)
for Ed Wells. Through 2017, he will teach more
than 30 class sessions for the SPEEA-represented
In addition to teaching for Ed Wells, Agarwal also
worked at Ed Wells as a rotational staff member.
These rotational assignments allow SPEEA-represented engineers and technical employees to
join the Ed Wells staff, typically for a period of up
to two years, and contribute to the technical excellence and life-long learning of their fellow employees before returning to their own technical career
SPEEA on Airport Roundtable
SEATTLE – Firefighter Luther Dean Bonner, who died fighting a plane-crash fire, lay buried in an unnamed plot for 70
years. His name is now on the new Boeing Field
fire station. At the recent dedication, SPEEA
was invited to attend as a member of the King
County International Airport Roundtable, an
Bonner died on Feb. 8, 1943, when responding
to a Boeing plane crash at a meat-packing plant
adjacent to Boeing Field. The plane was a prototype of what would become the B-29 bomber.
Battling the fire, Bonner, 23, suffocated inside
the plane. The plane’s pilot and 10 flight crew
members, along with 20 workers inside the
plant also died. The loss of 32 lives makes this
the largest loss of life by fire in Seattle’s history.
The new fire station is now called the Luther
Dean Bonner Memorial Aircraft Rescue and Fire
Fighting Station (ARFFS).
The King County International Airport Roundtable
exists in part thanks to SPEEA,
through Dan Hartley, who
served as SPEEA president
from 1991-94. The King
County Council approved creating the Roundtable in 1997.
Hartley joined forces
with others to launch the
Roundtable of community,
Hartley served as SPEEA representative on the
Roundtable until his sudden death in 2004.
Since then, SPEEA Executive Board member
Joel Funfar has continued in the role. A representative of the International Association of
Machinists (IAM) District 751 also serves on
“This Roundtable is important for SPEEA because
of our jobs connected to Boeing Field,” Funfar
said. “We want to keep the airport thriving.”
“We have Dan (Hartley) to thank for his vision
for the future – both with the next generation
of aerospace engineering students and the workforce that helps drive Boeing’s success,” he added.
Hartley was one of Funfar’s SPEEA mentors.
Hartley also played a key role in the launch of
Aviation High School, located near the airfield
close to downtown Seattle.
At the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(AIAA) recognition ceremony, Steven Griffin, Ph.D., left,
and Naval Agarwal, Ph.D., were honored for their expertise.