Valerie E. Murdock
Flight Test Engineer Defense
Boeing Defense, Space, & Security (BDS)
The Boeing Company
Valerie Murdock’s path to her current role as Lead Flight Test Engineer for the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) at Boeing started when she was a little girl in Indiana watching Neil Armstrong step onto the lunar surface. Her fascination with flight, and space exploration in particular, was immediately triggered and has never stopped. Today she is responsible for testing and ensuring that the flying torpedoes that Boeing has designed for our nation’s arsenal operate as planned.
Ms. Murdock has played a prominent role in the U.S. space program as well, working with NASA astronauts as a Rendezvous Instructor for United Space Alliance and teaching them how to fly the space shuttle and dock it to the space station. She also supported more than 40 space shuttle missions in various capacities, including as a Navigation Flight Controller for Rockwell Space Operations Company in Houston. Since joining Boeing in 2004, she has worked as a Tomahawk Mission Planning Systems Engineer as well as a Flight Test Engineer for the F-15 and QF-16 programs.
With M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University and a second M.S. in Physical Sciences from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Ms. Murdock clearly values education and gives back to the community through her work as a dedicated volunteer speaker and program presenter for schools throughout the St. Louis area, promoting space, science, and engineering to elementary, middle, and high school students. She also frequently speaks at career days and Boeing internal events and enjoys putting her woodworking hobby skills to good use as a long-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. Among her numerous awards and honors, Ms. Murdock has earned The Boeing Company GS&S Engineering Excellence Team of the Year 2013, the Engineering Team of the Year 2012, and several Pride Awards and certificates of appreciation.
-By Vinnie Longobardo