Lane Ballard is vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology and leads the Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) Research Center in South Carolina. The organization 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.
Ballard oversees a team of scientists, technologists, technicians and engineers who are responsible for integrated technology development in the areas of advanced manufacturing technology and composite fuselage manufacturing. 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 director of the center; various leadership positions in the BCA Lean Enterprise Office, the NextGeneration 737 Program, Tooling and Shipside support organizations; and factory Biography supervisor in the Boeing Fabrication organization for both composite and metal fabrication centers.
Ballard earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University. He went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration, and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.