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Josh Greenwood, '00

Josh Greenwood '00 has been at Boeing for more than a decade, but that doesn't mean his day as a systems engineer working Military Aircraft Programs is routine.

"One day I may be sitting at my desk putting a presentation together, another day I could be at a different Boeing or partner location around the country for meetings, or I could be on an aircraft at an Air Force Base conducting tests," Greenwood said.

Greenwood's career with Boeing began with a summer internship between his junior and senior at K-State Salina.

"After the summer was over, my manager put me on an educational leave of absence, which meant that though I went back to college, I was still technically a Boeing employee. When I graduated with a Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering Technology, Boeing gave me a job offer, which I accepted."

He first started working 747 passenger to freighter conversions in Boeing's Airplane Services group. After September 11, 2001, Boeing consolidated the airplane services group to the West Coast facilities and Greenwood transferred to the military side of Boeing Wichita. Since then, he has worked various military customer and internal research and development programs for Boeing Defense, Space & Security - Wichita.

Greenwood, who was recently named one of the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40, credits much of his professional success to his time at K-State Salina.

"Obviously, getting a Bachelor's degree in a technical field is the one major check box the Boeing Company looked for before hiring me," he said.

But it was more than the degree that helped him succeed after graduation.

"The small classes meant I was able to get one-on-one time with my instructors for help or to explore concepts more in-depth. The small campus population meant I was able to get involved in student clubs and organizations and work my way into leadership positions within them. I don't think I would have or been able to do this on main campus or at another school. So, the technical excellence from my classes combined with the leadership and social experiences from the clubs and organizations are, I think, what helped posture me to get to where I am today."

Greenwood was involved in the Student Government Association, IEEE Club, Amateur Radio Club, Solar Splash Team, Honor Council, Campus Bible Study Praise Band, and Kansas Leadership Forum. He also worked at the National Gas Machinery Laboratory.

So, what does Josh Greenwood hope to accomplish in the next 40 years?

"I would like to move up the chain of influence at Boeing and become more involved in the strategic business side of the company, with an emphasis on international business," he said.

Josh Greenwood