MELBOURNE, FLA. — Daniel Kirk, Florida Institute of Technology associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is one of just nine engineering
professors selected for the Boeing Co.’s Welliver Faculty Fellowship Program. The eight-week program, which begins June 15, offers career-enhancing
experiences with key research and technology programs.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the Boeing enterprise and to enhance an already strong relationship between Boeing and Florida Tech.
I look forward to spending this summer making professional contacts and contributions that will benefit Boeing and the university and to bring these
experiences back to the classroom,” said Kirk.
The professors will shadow Boeing personnel to get a closer look at the company’s technical and business programs. The Fellows also will share their
expertise by suggesting how Boeing could improve the areas they observe. They will have access to Boeing senior executives and the opportunity to build
contacts within the company. During the program’s last week, the Fellows will present their findings to Boeing executives and other industry leaders at the
company’s Leadership Center in St. Louis.
“As one of the largest global aerospace companies, Boeing places a high value on the engineering and technical skills required to grow and sustain our
business,” said Dale Ramezani, Boeing’s director of university relations. “We offer this program because these professors are educating our future
workforce, helping students develop the skills they need to be successful in engineering, business, and in manufacturing and technology careers.”
Since 2000 the Boeing Co. has awarded more than $680,000 to Florida Tech in contracts, grants, scholarships and fellowships.
Other selected Fellows come from such universities as Villanova, Drexel, Baylor, Ohio State University and Cranfield University in England.
The program is named for the late A.D. “Bert” Welliver, who was a Boeing senior vice president of engineering and technology. Welliver was recognized
throughout the aerospace industry for his vision and leadership in promoting a close working relationship between industry and academia.