Eighteen College of Engineering students watched the Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport on December 4, launching Boeing’s six-month worldwide Dream Tour.
Boeing China invited students to experience firsthand the 787’s revolutionary technology and passenger innovation.
Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.
During the 1.5 hour tour, COE students were impressed with what they saw inside the cabin, including the spacious interior, large windows, bigger overhead bins, and the dynamic LED lighting. They also got to know many technical details about the brand-new jet with the help of Boeing engineers. Furthermore, the students visited the highly integrated digital and electronic cockpit, and gained a deeper understanding of the aircraft aerodynamic layout, control systems, power equipment, avionics systems and man-machine environment.
In recent years, Boeing China has established and expanded its cooperation with COE. The company set up the Boeing Scholarship in early 2008 and became a sponsor for the Aviation Club in 2010. In December 2010, Marc Allen, president of Boeing China, succeeded the former President David Wang as a member of the COE Industrial Board.
Boeing has also been supporting the Capstone Design Program, an international design course for undergraduate students in the College. Boeing was the Silver Sponsor for the Global Engineering Deans Council Conference held in COE in October 2011.