Aviation Week names aerospace engineering graduate one of the Top 40 Under Forty

September 18, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ryan Rudy, a 2002 aerospace engineering graduate, has been named one of Aviation Week's Top 40 Under Forty.

The magazine noted that these top industry talents younger than 40 "are technically superb, exhibit strong leadership skills and possess a smart and fearless approach to business."

A flight test engineer at Boeing Test and Evaluation (BT&E) in St. Louis, Rudy develops and executes aircraft testing for the F-15 Saudi Advanced program.

He joined Boeing in 2001, when he completed an internship as a system safety engineer on the RAH-66 Comanche. Rudy held the same role from 2002-05 on the V-22 Osprey aircraft during its Return to Flight program. His efforts focused on ensuring the safety of flight controls, autopilot and mission systems software.

In 2005, Rudy moved to Seattle and was a systems engineer with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). He focused on requirements management and coordinated changes to the Boeing 787-8 requirements sets among multiple stakeholders.

The following year Rudy became a flight test engineer in what became BT&E, testing on all aircraft models at BCA. He led Gauntlet test planning efforts for the Boeing 787-8 and was the lead flight test representative in the development of multiple airplane-level systems integration processes, including configuration definition/management, and configuration limits and regression testing on the Boeing 787-8.

Rudy also led development and execution of cold weather test plans for the aircraft.

In 2010, he was responsible for a team of eight engineers supporting the generation and tracking of all required certification deliverables for flight testing of all Boeing commercial aircraft. Two years later, Rudy transferred to his current position in St. Louis.

He volunteers with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has been a member of AIAA's Young Professionals Committee (YPC) since 2008. Rudy has served as deputy chairman and chairman of the YPC, and he is currently the YPC liaison to AIAA's board of directors. From 2009 to 2014, he also served on the advisory board to Aviation Week's annual Workforce Study that provides a comprehensive assessment of the aerospace and defense workforce to industry and government leaders.

His parents, Michael ('70, '73g) and Karen Fleischmann Rudy ('71) are also Penn State aerospace engineering graduates.

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  • Ryan Rudy, a 2002 aerospace engineering graduate

    Ryan Rudy at an Aviation Week conference in November 2012

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Last Updated September 18, 2014