Vice President, Materials and Manufacturing Technology
Boeing Research and Technology
Lane Ballard is vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology and leads the Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) Research Center in South Carolina.
Materials & Manufacturing Technology is part of BR&T, Boeing’s advanced central research and development unit. BR&T provides innovative technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services.
As vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology, Ballard oversees a team of scientists, technologists, technicians and engineers who lead company research and development in metals and ceramics, chemical technology, nondestructive evaluation, composite fabrication processes, composite materials, assembly and automation, mechanical parts, and production services in ergonomics. His team is responsible for reducing the cost of materials and growing the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities by taking a systems-level view of operations, identifying opportunities for low and high rate production, and developing new marketchanging technologies.
Ballard also manages the BR&T-South Carolina research center which leads the company’s development of advanced manufacturing technologies with a focus on composite fuselage and propulsion production.
Prior to this assignment Ballard was director of the 787 Lean+ Global Production System, where he was responsible for linking the 787 global production systems and helping it achieve world-class levels of efficiency with a focus on quality, stability and flow.
Since starting his career at Boeing in 1996 as an engineer in composites and advanced assembly technologies Ballard has served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility and breadth, including: leading start-up and sustaining production of the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina and serving as the center’s director; various leadership positions in the BCA Lean Enterprise Office, the Next-Generation 737 Program, Tooling and Shipside support organizations; and factory supervisor in the Boeing Fabrication organization for both composite and metal
Ballard earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.