Jason Clark oral history interview



Jason Clark oral history interview


Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Jason Samuel Clark and interviewer Dan Hagedorn, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, December 7, 2015.


Boeing executive and engineer Jason Samuel Clark is interviewed about his career in the aviation industry. He discusses his 20+ years at The Boeing Company, beginning with an internship in 1992, as well as his involvement with various development projects related to the 747, 767, 777 freighter, and 777X. Topics discussed include his personal and educational background, his experiences with Boeing aircraft, Boeing’s evolution and future as a company, and his business and customer service philosophies.

Table Of Contents

Introduction and personal background -- First job and thoughts on internships -- The 767 Program -- Transition points -- The 747-8 Program -- 777 freighter -- The 777X Program -- Relationship between 777X and 777 -- First aircraft flight -- Reflections on Boeing’s future -- Favorite airplane -- Words of inspiration for young people -- Inspirational mentors at Boeing




1 recording (42 min., 18 sec.) : digital



Bibliographic Citation

The Museum of Flight Oral History Collection/The Museum of Flight





Biographical Text

Jason Samuel Clark is a Boeing executive and engineer whose career with the company spans 20+ years, beginning with an internship in 1992. He was born on February 4, 1970 in Seattle, Washington, to Francha and Maurice Clark. Clark grew up in the Maple Valley, Washington, area and attended school through the Tahoma School District. He developed an interest in engineering at a young age and studied engineering technology at Western Washington University (WWU). He graduated in 1993.

In 1992, while still attending WWU, Clark was selected to intern at Boeing’s fabrication division. He focused on the manufacturing, research, and development aspects of the fusion bonding and superplastic forming process. While an intern, he was formally hired by Boeing. In 1993, Clark left Boeing to join a small start-up firm developing aviation and ground-based electronics technology.

From 1994 to 1997, Clark attended Washington State University, where he earned his first master’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance. From 2003 to 2005, he earned two additional master’s degrees: one in engineering and a second MBA, this one in general management.

In 1997, Clark returned to Boeing as an engineer for aircraft development. Over the course of his career, he has participated in the development of the 767-400ER, the 747-8, the 777 freighter, and the 777X. At the time of this recording, Clark is the Director of Engineering at Boeing.

Biographical information derived from interview and additional information provided by interviewee.