Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

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Kenan Institute hosts Boeing team for research briefing and site visit


The Boeing Company’s UNC partnership team received a briefing from logistics and digital strategy researchers at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise during a site visit Aug. 29-30 and briefed UNC Kenan-Flagler students on the company’s activities around the globe.

“One of the areas of strong competency here is logistics and supply chain management,” said Timothy Bartlett, director of sustainment for the Airborne Surveillance, Command and Control Program, who leads the Boeing-UNC partnership team. “We leverage that for both our military and the commercial side of our company.”

Boeing is a key research partner for the institute’s Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy and recruits UNC Kenan-Flagler students to work at locations around the globe. Boeing pursues partnership with research universities to advance its research and development on issues that are important to its competitiveness, access education and recruit top students, Bartlett said.

The Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy briefed the team on two recently completed research projects. One project, the second of two related research initiatives, examined current trends impacting the air cargo market, including new security requirements. 

“The center’s analysis allowed us to go to the Transportation Security Administration and change the way we do screenings,” said Richard Rocks, Boeing’s manager of Integrated Defense Logistics, liaison for the research projects.

Another project identified business opportunities for a new global positioning system technology developed by Boeing.  In a new collaboration with Boeing and one of its subsidiaries, the center is developing predictive logistics technology to improve the company’s parts forecasting process.

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. The company designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing is a major service provider to NASA and the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services and provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries.

The Kenan Institute, part of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, pursues innovations in research, education and public policy that promote entrepreneurship, economic development and global competitiveness. The Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy helps clients use information and technology to improve logistics and supply chain management and become smarter and more competitive. For more information, visit