A former Lawrence resident who helped pilot development of Boeing Co.'s new airliner was named 1996 Engineer of the Year by "Design News" magazine.
Alan Mulally, a Lawrence High School and Kansas University graduate, is senior vice president of airplane development and definition at Boeing in Seattle.
He was voted top engineer by the magazine's 275,000 readers for his work on the Boeing 777. It was the first airliner designed entirely on computer.
Mulally, 50, led teams of engineers working with 2,600 companies in 80 countries to fashion three million parts for the airplane. The first of the $144 million birds flew in 1994.
"Airplanes are more than just a product," he said. "Not only does this industry represent an enormous boost for economies all over the world, but airplanes are a powerful force for bringing people and ideas together."
His parents, Lauraine and Dick, live in Lawrence.
Mulally donated to KU the $29,000 from two educational grants that accompany the award.