Effectiveness of University Engagements – PILOT Research Project Update

Event Type
Research Project
12 pm

Alliances/Collaborations, IP Management

Saurabh Sircar

Sr. Project Manager, Airspace Operational Efficiency

Boeing Research & Technology

Sr. Project Manager Airspace Operational Efficiency Boeing Research & Technology

  • S. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • S. Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • Certifications in Decision Making & Financial Management, Cornell University
  • Executive Certification in Venture Capital, UC Berkeley
Saurabh is currently working as a Program Manager for research projects with FAA in the area of airspace operations. He is also leading effort in technology development, evaluation and proposal writing, business case preparation and customer interactions with government and commercial customers. He is also responsible for contracted R&D strategy and has led as Principal Investigator in several contracted research projects. Prior to his current role, he was Project Manager in Advanced Services group developing synergy opportunities between commercial aviation services and government services. He utilizes his experience with technology sets that include collaborative information systems design including decision-support systems, quantitative techniques including statistical analyses and multivariate analyses, modeling and simulation technologies including discrete event systems and agent-based modeling, information storage, retrieval and knowledge management systems, performance metrics for operations including productivity and risk and systems engineering design and evaluation (quantitative and qualitative analyses).

Rhonda Crate

Adjunct Professor and Principal Data Scientist/Associate Technical Fellow

Washington State University and Boeing

Adjunct Professor, Washington State University and Principal Data Scientist/Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing

  • B.A., Anthropology; Eastern Washington University
  • M.A., Anthropology; Washington State University
  • M.S., Statistics; Washington State University
Rhonda has been a part of The Boeing Company since 2014 and is currently working as a senior data scientist supporting the Analytics and Information Management Services within the Information Technology and Data Analytics organization. In addition to her MA in cultural anthropology and MS in statistics from WSU, she has earned professional certificates in statistical programming with R and big data technologies from the University of Washington, and is currently working on a master’s certificate in geospatial intelligence from Penn State University. Rhonda teaches R programming classes through Boeing’s Ed Wells program and is a relations focal for the WSU College of Arts and Sciences within Boeing. She is currently teaching a class for WSU Global Campus, Data 424, which helps students learn to combine skills they’ve gained from the data analytics program into creating a solution for an Industry based analytics project. Prior to her work at Boeing, she worked at a small marketing company doing work for companies such as Microsoft, GCI Telecom, Treehouse, and Seattle Central Co-Op. Outside of work, Rhonda enjoys doing sewing craft projects, hiking, gardening, and organizing. She is married to fellow data scientist Andrey Zaikin, has an elementary school-age daughter named Elsie, and one fluffy Russian Siberian cat named Emma.

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