Living The Dream – Kim Pastega

Kim Pastega

Kim Pastega
August, 2015
Seattle, Washington

Kim Pastega (BS ’91) is vice president 787 production system operations where she is responsible for the day to day oversight of the 787 Dreamliner final assembly operation, which includes providing the strategic direction and operational productivity and efficiency of the production system.  She has been part of Boeing’s 787 journey from the Dreamliner’s entry into service to becoming the world’s highest producing twin aisle commercial jetliner.  “No matter how many times you see it, or how much you know about the physics of flight, watching an airplane you had a hand to help design or build take off for the first time is like watching magic.  There’s always just a bit of mystery about how a several hundred thousand pound machine made up of almost 3 million parts can take to the air like a bird and travel the world over.”

Positions Available

Three Ph.D. positions, Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Valery Levitas group

Three positions available to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Break office hours, March 18-22: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946