Todd Zarfos has been inducted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to its Class of 2017 AIAA Fellows. The distinction of Fellow is conferred by the AIAA on individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Fellow Grade Committee reviews nominations of Associate Fellows from the Institute’s membership and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, which makes the final selections. One Fellow for every 1000 voting members is elected each year.
Todd earned his B.E.E. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1985. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked with Boeing in various engineering positions, during which time he also earned his Master of Science degree at the University of Washington.
He took on positions of progressively greater responsibility and leadership, as Chief Project Engineer and later Director of Engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He has served in several critical engineering, leadership, and strategy positions as vice-president overseeing product development for the 747, 767, and 777 programs, and the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental airplanes. More recently, Zarfos has served as Vice-President of Engineering for Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services, integrating its business and technology goals. Currently he is Vice-President of Engineering for Boeing’s Washington State Design Centers (Commercial Aviation Services). He has maintained close ties with the University and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
The AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace professional society, with more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries and nearly 100 corporate members. Since the inception of this honor in 1934, close to 1900 fellows have been inducted. The Class of 2017 includes 21 Fellows and three Honorary Fellows.