• William Lyons

William (Bill) Lyons is Director of Global Research & Development Strategy
Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), where he leads a team responsible for
conceiving, planning and implementing international technology alliances, and
collaborative R&D.
Prior to this, Lyons was general manager of BR&T-Australia, conducting applied
technology development supporting Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing
Commercial Airplanes in Australia. He has held various assignments with Boeing on
development programs in space-based remote sensing, international business pursuits
and environment.
Lyons has been with Boeing for 13 years, and in 2003 was named a Technical
Fellow, a title bestowed on the company’s enterprise experts in aerospace. He also is a
member of the Boeing’s Sustainable Biofuels Steering Team, guiding company strategy
to enable a viable commercial market for sustainable aviation fuel
Lyons has more than 19 years of experience in systems engineering and
systems development for satellite applications, and has served on the board of
governors for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Aerospace and
Electronic System’s Society.
Prior to joining Boeing, Lyons worked for Australia’s Bureau of Resource
Sciences and was a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma where
he taught Satellite Remote Sensing and Meteorology. He also held Australian
government appointments in the departments of Defence and Agriculture, including
international assignments in Southeast Asia.
Lyons is originally from Australia, and has lived in the United States since 1998,
holding dual United States and Australian citizenship. He holds Bachelor degrees in
Education and Environmental Science from James Cook University and a PhD in
Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Queensland. He lives in Seattle with his
wife Margaret and three boys, ages 6, 9 and 14.