Sarah McSwiney

Sarah McSwiney, Class of 1999

Aerospace Engineering manager with 15 years’ experience in the aerospace industry between Australia and the USA. I have led teams in a range engineering disciplines from structural design to manufacturing support to research and development. I currently lead a team of 28 engineers across a range of disciplines and working across the enterprise to develop new materials, processes and production systems for future aircraft.

Nominate a career highlight if possible.

Standing on the runway in Seattle with many coworkers watching the first ever 787 Dreamliner take flight – an aircraft I had been working on to design then support manufacture for the previous 5 years.

Future plan?

Continue to grow my career in senior leadership roles in the aerospace industry in Australia.

What are your memories of Kilvington?

When I think of my time at Kilvington, I remember being given the freedom to really be myself, and throughout my education being celebrated for who I was. I remember feeling confident to follow my passions and extend in my areas of interest and strength. In particular, through my education from prep to year 12 I was given opportunities to explore technology that were well ahead of the time, and I think this certainly influenced my career path by making me aware how fun solving problems with technology can be.