Aerospace engineering honors alumnus

Tom Cogan receiving awardThe Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University has honored Tom Cogan as the second recipient of the department's Distinguished Alumnus Award. 

Cogan was selected for his significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace engineering profession, the commercial aviation industry and Texas A&M's aerospace engineering department. He was honored at a banquet at Pebble Creek Country Club May 4. (Pictured: Cogan, center, with department head Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, left, and Dr. Walter Haisler.)

Cogan is the director of Airplane Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to his current assignment, Cogan was the chief project engineer at The Boeing Co. for the 787 Dreamliner and served as the chief project engineer for the Sonic Cruiser program, 747-X program and 757 program. He has also held positions as the manufacturing business unit leader for Developmental Manufacturing, Integrated Product Team leader for the 757-300 program and 737 600/ 700/ 800 program, and senior manager in Payloads for airplane configuration definition and interior certification. Cogan was promoted into management in April 1989 when he served as a marketing manager for the 757 and 737 programs. During his first 12 years at Boeing, he worked in the aerodynamics staff on the 737, 757, and 7J7 Programs.

In early 2009, Cogan began serving on the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council after spending 11 years serving on the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Advisory Board. He was named Engineer of the Year for 2007 by Design News. In 2006, he was named the Boeing executive focal for Texas A&M where he has oversight responsibility for all interaction between the company and the university including recruiting, charitable giving, liaison with the Dwight Look College of Engineering and Mays Business School, and special projects.

He joined Boeing in 1977 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering.