101 at SPEEA
SPEEA, in conjunction with Ed Wells Partnership, will host a free workshop from the Social Security Administration (SSA)
on March 29 at the SPEEA Tukwila hall.
Washington Public Affairs Representative Kirk
Larson will provide an introduction to Social
Security and answer questions. During his 25
years at SSA, Larson published numerous articles
and presented workshops in both the Seattle and
San Francisco regions.
If you plan to attend, go to the Ed Wells website
to sign up at edwells.web.boeing.com on the
Boeing intranet. Space is limited.
Social Security 101
Wednesday, March 29 – 4:30 p.m.
RSVP - edwells.web.boeing.com
With retention-rating notices distrib- uted by managers this month, some may have questions related to their
SPEEA-Boeing contracts (Article 8. 4 in both
Prof and Tech contracts).
Retention ratings are assigned by management to
determine the order of layoff if needed. Both the
ranking and rating are done within the same
major organization, skill code or job classification (and level if in the Tech unit).
If you want to request a retention-rating appeal,
take a closer look at the steps and documents
needed at www.speea.org (drop-down menu for
Member Tools/Career Information/Retention).
Deadline: Complete the appeal request form
and submit it to SPEEA within 30 days of receiving the notice.
Naval Agarwal is shown here with his wife, Shashi
Agarwal, at an Ed Wells Partnership appreciation event
for instructors. Agarwal was recently named a Fellow for the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
one of its highest honors.
Volunteer to judge at state science fair
BREMERTON – Help make the 60th anni- versary of the Washingon State Science and Engineering Fair ( WSSEF) a success by
signing up to judge March 31 or April 1.
Hundreds of public, private and home school students in grades 1-12 come to the Bremerton, Wash.,
high school for the fair. Having enough judges prevents students from waiting long periods of time.
The younger students are judged based on their
grade. Judges for the high school students can
indicate preferred project categories when they
sign up. Those categories include materials sci-
ence, embedded systems and robotics/intelligent
machines as well as nearly 20 other categories.
Training and complimentary meals/refreshments
are provided for the judges. Lower grades ( 1 -
6) are judged on Friday, March 31, and upper
grades ( 7-12) are judged on Saturday, April 1.
Learn more and sign up to be a judge at www.
Ed Wells Partnership instructor
SPEEA member becomes AIAA Fellow
When astronaut Sandy Magnus, the xecutive director of American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) called Naval Agarwal, a
SPEEA member, on becoming an AIAA Fellow,
he felt humbled by the honor and recognition.
The majority of honorees are high-ranking
industry and government officials and senior
professors who have made “notable and valuable
contributions” to aeronautics and astronautics,
Agarwal said, adding: “I will be in the company
of some very accomplished people.”
Agarwal gives credit for the AIAA honor to
many engineers and professors he’s worked with
throughout his career, including the past 20-plus
years at The Boeing Company.
He is a Boeing Technical Fellow in the areas of
aeroacoustics, structural acoustics and noise. He has
several U.S. and foreign patents and has published
more than 80 conference papers and journal articles.
He also teaches classes for Ed Wells Partnership.
He started at Boeing in 1996 after the merger
with McDonnell Douglas, where he had worked
in Long Beach, California.
Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas, he worked
at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton,
Virginia, where he earned his first U.S. patent.
Agarwal earned his bachelor’s and master’s in
mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute
of Technology in India.
After working for several years on steam turbine
and heat exchanger design in the power plant
industry, he earned his Ph. D. from the University
of Adelaide, Australia. He taught there for a few
years, then went to Virginia Tech for his postdoctoral research and became a visiting professor.
Agarwal is also a Fellow of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the
Institute for the Advancement of Engineering.
Other honors include several NASA and industry awards including ‘Outstanding Engineering
Merit Award’ from the Orange County
(California) Engineering Council in 1999 and
‘Industry Engineer of the Year’ from the Puget
Sound Engineering Council in 2007.
Since joining AIAA in 1986, he served on fluid
dynamics and aeroacoutics technical committees, chaired technical sessions and organized
the AIAA aeroacoustics conferences in 2013 and
2015. He was also invited to arrange technical
sessions at other international conferences.
As a subject matter expert, Agarwal developed
and continues to teach the following four courses
for Ed Wells Partnership, where he spent three
years as a program administrator.
• Introduction to Acoustics
• Turbulent Boundary Layer Pressure Fluct-
uations and its Impact on Interior Noise
• Speech Intelligibility
• Applied Acoustics
“The biggest satisfaction of sharing knowledge
is when several weeks later a class attendee calls
for consultation on a related problem,” he said.
He’s glad to be in a SPEEA bargaining unit
because of the negotiated benefits, including Ed
Wells Partnership, he said. “It’s also good to know
you have someone to turn to if you need help.”
Boeing honorees for
2017 AIAA Fellow
• Naval Agarwal, Boeing Technical Fellow*
• Steven Griffin, Boeing Senior Technical
• Todd Zarfos, Vice President, Engineering
*Ed Wells Partnership instructor
For a complete list of 2017 AIAA Fellows, see
the drop-down menu: About AIAA/Press Room