Maureen Dougherty named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna

March 27, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. ­– Maureen Dougherty (’80 ME), has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Dougherty is president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.  She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and integrates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business in the region.

Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the college and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. 

Dougherty, along with the college’s other 11 recipients, will receive her award at a ceremony April 20 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Previously, Dougherty served as vice president and program manager for the KC-46A Tanker program, a program within Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  In this role, she led design and development of the KC-46A, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

Before this assignment, Dougherty served as vice president and program manager, Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C). AEW&C is a state-of-the art system providing powerful airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. She also served as vice president for the F-22 program, an advanced tactical fighter jointly built by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. 

Throughout her 35-year career, Dougherty has held a variety of engineering and program leadership positions on missile, fighter, bomber and military commercial derivative aircraft programs. She has a broad technical background in structures, avionics, systems and test engineering and has managed programs through development, production and sustainment.

She holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington, where she studied as a Boeing Company Systems Engineering Fellow.

A native of Queens, New York, Dougherty now lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, Mike de La Chapelle, a Senior Technical Fellow in Engineering at Boeing.

In public service, Dougherty is chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia; a Board director of the United States Studies Centre and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation; a member of the Australian government’s National Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Partnerships Forum, the Advanced Manufacturing Council Leadership Group and the Business Council of Australia.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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Chris Hennessey

Maureen Dougherty

Maureen Dougherty is president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.



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