Dave Furdek manages the Next Generation Composite Materials and Labs group for Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T). Dave’s group spans three sites including Seattle, St. Louis, and Huntington Beach, has over 60,000 sq ft of lab space, and is responsible for developing future generations of composite materials for the Boeing Defense Systems and Boeing Commercial Aircraft business units. Dave has over 22 yrs experience with the Boeing Company in a variety of Materials and Processes and Manufacturing Research and Development assignments. Recently, Dave led the Materials Technology team in St. Louis where he established the Emerging Materials portfolio. In a previous assignment as the Phantom Works (now BR&T) Enabling Technology program manager, he was responsible for the long range technology development plans for over 15 core technology focus areas. Dave also has a significant background supporting Boeing’s F/A-18 E/F, C-17, and F-15 production programs. He started his career focused on polymer matrix composites materials and processes including thermoplastic composites, composite tooling, and automated fabrication technology development. Dave has significant background in aircraft materials and structures, polymer matrix composites materials,processes and fabrication, advanced manufacturing technology, assembly operations, automation/robotics for both assembly and fabrication. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and his MBA from the Olin School of Business, Washington University - St. Louis.