Brian Yutko, Ph.D.
Chief Engineer, Sustainability & Future Mobility, Boeing
Brian Yutko is the Chief Engineer for Sustainability and Future Mobility at Boeing, leading a team that ensures the company’s technical expertise and market leadership in sustainability technologies, as well as emerging, advanced aerial mobility applications. Working closely with Boeing’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, the company’s Chief Engineer, and its Research and Technology leadership, Brian is responsible for leading and integrating the efforts of diverse teams that are improving the sustainability of Boeing’s products and services via innovations in electrification, energy storage, aircraft design, operational efficiency and autonomy. Brian also oversees a portfolio of advanced aerial mobility products and services that are enabled by these new technologies, including Boeing’s joint ventures with Wisk, developer of an all-electric, self-flying air taxi and SkyGrid, producer of airspace integration software.
Prior to this role, Brian was Chief Technologist for Boeing NeXt, a business division that was devoted to building and incubating new mobility systems and the associated ecosystem. His work leveraged advances in autonomy, electrification, and other emerging technologies to build the next generation of safe aircraft systems. He also served as Chief Strategy Officer for Boeing subsidiary, Aurora Flight Sciences, which is a leader in rapid prototyping and the development of advanced autonomous aircraft systems.
Prior to joining Boeing, Brian was Senior Vice President of Programs at Aurora Flight Sciences. Previous to this role and during Boeing’s acquisition of Aurora, he served as the company’s Vice President of Research and Technology. Throughout his multiple roles at Aurora, he held P&L responsibility, led Research and Development, and also served as a program manager and principal investigator for various rapid prototyping and autonomous technology development programs. He has experience with both commercial and defense applications of advanced aircraft technology, as well as the full lifecycle of aerospace R&D programs.
Prior to joining Aurora, Brian was a Research Engineer and Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his research focused on the simultaneous design and optimization of aircraft and the complex systems in which they operate. He built software tools that use machine learning to rapidly predict aircraft performance in large-scale system simulations for the purpose of assessing and reducing the environmental impact of aviation. Prior to MIT, Yutko worked as a mechanical design engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in a group that designed, fabricated, and deployed hardware for the Space Shuttle, space launch vehicles, and ground support equipment.
Brian earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is an avid pilot, motorcycle rider, runner, rock climber, and traveler.