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Carolyn Brandsema Elected Clarkson University Trustee

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Clarkson University alumna Carolyn A. Brandsema of Renton, Wash., vice president, 737 engineering at the Boeing Company, has been elected to Clarkson’s board of trustees. She will serve on the physical plant and marketing committees.

Carolyn A. BrandsemaBrandsema graduated from Clarkson University in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. In 1988, she received a master of business administration from Seattle University.

Brandsema started her career at Boeing in July 1980 as a manufacturing research and development engineer, where over the next two decades she had management positions in the payloads engineering, commercial airplanes continuous quality improvement development and manufacturing research and development organizations.

In 2001, she was named chief project engineer for the Next-Generation 737. From 2003 to 2006, she was the director of engineering for the 737 and 757 programs, where she led a team of 1,200 design, manufacturing and tooling engineers responsible for all phases of configuration, design, manufacturability and support of 737 and 757 airplane models.

Prior to her current position, Brandsema was vice president of engineering for the 737/767/777 program. In addition, she served as vice president of airplane and production systems development activity for the single-aisle replacement study.

Brandsema is a recipient of Clarkson’s highest alumni honor, the Golden Knight Award, and has served on the University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Council, advocating for the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering. She currently serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board for Seattle University.

She resides in Renton, Wash., with her husband, Jeff.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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