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2006 Hall of Fame

Ronald A. Ostrowski

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., Ronald A. Ostrowski is a 1966 aerospace engineering graduate from Indiana Tech. After graduation, Ostrowski went to work for Boeing as a design engineer in the supersonic transport program. At Boeing he was involved in developing and designing numerous aircrafts, including the 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777.

From 1977 to 1988, Ostrowski worked for the Everett Division as director of 767 product development and was responsible for the definition of the initial 767 product line. He was director of 747/767 derivative development during this time as well.

From 1988 to 1990, he served as chief project engineer for the 737 program, with duties similar to those of this 777 chief project engineer position, which he assumed in 1990. In that role, he managed the integration of the 777 design and the resolution of all technical issues. In 1992, he became the director of engineering for the 777 program and was responsible for managing all aspects of designing the 375 passenger wide-body twinjet.

In November 1995, Ostrowski was named vice president-general manager of the Boeing 777 program. This promotion made him responsible for managing all aspects of the airplane program, including the design, build, and business plan. He held this position until his retirement in 2001. During this time, he was also responsible for the Boeing Everett Division Design and Manufacturing site for the 747/767/777 and more than 25,000 employees.

Ostrowski has received numerous awards for his contributions to the aviation industry, including:

  • the 1995 Collier Trophy Team Award for the design and introduction of the 777
  • Aviation and Space Technology’s Laureates Hall of Fame for Aeronautics and Propulsion in 1996
  • the Daniel Guggenheim Medal for Achievement in the Advancement of Aeronautics in 1998

After a great career in aviation, Ostrowski continues to consult with Boeing on new aircraft development. He spends most of his retirement time with his wife, Beverly, and their three children and seven grandchildren.