Surfair 2024


Dr. Kay Youngdahl BLOHOWIAK

Boeing Research & Technology

Senior Technical Fellow, Materials and Manufacturing Technology


Kay Blohowiak is a Senior Technical Fellow in Materials Chemistry working at The Boeing Company for over 35 years. Her work has focused on sustainable chemical technologies, surface preparation methods, adhesives and adhesion for manufacture and repair, coatings for metals and composite systems, additive manufacturing, and system-level multidiscipline solutions. Her innovations have resulted in new materials and methods that have improved product performance and durability, simplifying manufacturing and repair methods as well as improving safety and our environmental footprint. She currently is championing new energetic surface preparation methods, such as lasers and atmospheric plasmas, to provide safe and efficient cleaning and activation of composite and metallic surfaces and to eliminate ergonomically difficult sanding processes and reduce hazardous chemicals.