2017 Commencement Speaker
Patricia Stevens, Ph.D.
Patricia Stevens is the Chief Technologist for Boeing Phantom Works Rotary Wing Programs. This organization develops the advanced technologies, configurations, and prototypes to promote vertical lift growth into the next decades. In this role she manages the R&D portfolio, leads the Vertical Lift Technology Strategy Team, and leads functional engineering for the organization. Previous positions for Boeing include Program Manager for DARPA DiscRotor, Program Manager for Improvised Explosive Device Defeat, Lead Technologist for Army Systems Business Unit, and Technical Lead for Sensors and Fire Control for RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter. She was selected as a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in 2003.
Dr. Stevens earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1990, and a Ph.D. in 2001, all from Penn State. She was named a Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna in 2010 and is currently the Boeing Executive Focal for Penn State. She is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, an active member of the American Helicopter Society, and served on the Board of Trustees for the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center. She resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their twin boys.