Seven students in the McKelvey School of Engineering have been selected to participate in The Boeing Co.’s new Accelerated Leadership Program, which offers paid internships for two summers after their sophomore and junior years; tuition and eligible expenses for their junior and senior years; and requires a three-year commitment of full-time employment after completing their degree. 

The new program, available to sophomore students at Washington University in St. Louis, Virginia Tech and the University of Washington, is designed to enhance leadership qualities, give hands-on engineering experience and provide exposure to unique products and technologies, the company said. 

“This program will enable those selected to work with some of the brightest engineers on unique projects across the company as they build the foundation for a great Boeing career,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and executive vice president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology. “This company was built on engineering greatness, and we are looking for the best engineering minds today and look forward to watching them grow into the Boeing leaders of tomorrow,” said Hyslop, who earned a doctorate in systems science & mathematics from Washington University’s engineering school in 1989 and serves on the McKelvey School of Engineering National Council.

“Boeing is a comprehensive, innovative engineering company with whom Washington University has always had a deep relationship,” said Aaron Bobick, dean of McKelvey Engineering and the James M. McKelvey Professor. “While most of the world thinks of them as aerospace, the reality is Boeing employs engineers of almost every discipline. The development and deployment of truly advanced technologies provides career and leadership opportunities for all our engineering students.”

The McKelvey Engineering students selected for the program are:

  • IIias Bouchibti, who is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering;
  • Mark Charnot, who is majoring in systems science & engineering;
  • Charlie Jandak, who is majoring in systems science & engineering;
  • Jackson Kipper, who is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering;
  • Mackenzie Molina, who is majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in robotics and computer science;
  • Victor White, who is majoring in electrical engineering;
  • Billy Williams, who is majoring in electrical engineering.

The McKelvey Engineering students were welcomed into the program at an event at Henry A. & Elvira H. Jubel Hall April 28.

“We are honored to be one of only three institutions to partner with Boeing on this incredible opportunity for our students,” said Kelli Delfosse, director of industry relations and career engagement in the McKelvey School of Engineering. “It speaks volumes to the depth of the relationship between WashU and Boeing, the caliber of McKelvey students and the progressive leadership at Boeing.” 

“We’re incredibly excited about this new program, which will provide immediate and long-term benefits for students by covering college expenses and positioning them for a fulfilling career with Boeing,” said Mike D’Ambrose, chief human resources officer and executive vice president of human resources at Boeing. “It’s another example of how we are working to attract, develop and retain top talent, and it builds on our long-term efforts to strengthen and diversify the aerospace talent pipeline.” 

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity. Learn more at


The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 165 full-time faculty, 1,420 undergraduate students, 1,614 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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