Susan Paish
Director & Chief Project Engineer; Boeing


Sue Paish is the Chief Project Engineer for all heritage Boeing and McDonnell Douglas out-of-production airplanes and is responsible for their safety and product integrity. Named to this role in 2015, Sue also oversees product compliance to the regulatory standards and requirements of Boeing and the U.S. Federal Government, and acts as the primary technical interface for the post production fleets with the Federal Aviation Administration and with customers. She also assists in addressing in-service issues with Boeing fleet support chiefs.

Prior to her current role, Sue served as the Director of Engineering for BCA Southern California. Named to this role in 2014, Sue established the BCA SoCal Engineering Skill Teams and led the acquisition of over 1000 engineers to grow the BCA SoCal Design Center to its current size. In addition to her functional responsibilities Sue had direct responsibility for roughly 700 engineers in the Engineering Functions & Program Support organization supporting virtually every Commercial Airplane program in Washington and South Carolina, as well as CAS Fleet Services, CAS Customer Support, and BDS in California.

From 2011 to 2014 Sue was a resident of Washington State and served as the Chief Engineer of Structures Design where she was responsible for leading the Structures Design engineering skill team in Washington as well as the development and deployment of structures design methods, tools and processes for all of BCA. As a senior manager for the Structures Core Product Development team she led structural configuration of the 737MAX, 777-9X, and 787-lOX.

From 2008-2011 Sue was a Senior Manager on the 787 Program stationed in Charleston, South Carolina where she established a cross functional design engineering team to provide much needed expertise and support to the build and assembly of this great composite airplane.

In 2006, Sue joined the Boeing management ranks on the 787 where she led multiple engineering teams including Section 41, Section 49, Pressurized Doors, and the Airframe Structural Repair Manual team. Sue joined Boeing in 2004 and led the development of the 787 wing-to-body fairing and main landing gear doors.

Sue’s early career includes time spent as a stress and design engineer for a Canadian subsidiary of Rolls Royce that specialized in repair and overhaul of small military aircraft as well as multiple design engineering positions on commercial airplane programs for Bombardier, Boeing, and Dornier.

Sue graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.