Stella Weidner is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Autonomous Systems Engineering, where she leads the integration of Boeing Enterprise regulatory activity for autonomous systems. In this role, she supports major strategic, regulatory and engagement initiatives on autonomous systems for the Enterprise.
Stella was previously part of Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Aviation Safety team, first leading the 787 Airplane Safety group, and later the Airplane Safety Engineering organization. In those roles, Stella was responsible for overseeing the design safety and in-service safety processes, FAA reporting, data capability, and the BCA Safety Management System.
Prior to that, Stella worked airplane delivery support at the Boeing Everett Flightline & Delivery Center. There, she acted as an engineering advocate to the customer and the field, during the certification and delivery of 747-8, 767, and 777 airplanes.
Earlier, Stella worked in Propulsion Systems, where she led several technical teams addressing wide-spread fleet issues with significant customer, warranty and regulatory impacts.
Stella began her career at The Boeing Company in 1996, as an engineering intern with the Materials & Processes Technology (M&PT) organization of the F/A-22 program. Following graduation, Stella supported several varied M&PT assignments including commercial airplanes support, structural development and test, fracture analysis, research and development, and 787 structures.
After being born in Germany and traveling the world as a child with her family, Stella settled in the Puget Sound where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Seattle University. Stella currently resides in the Washington DC area with her husband and two boys.