Dr. Rudy Valdez
Dr. Rudy Valdez has been on the SWIFTT board since 2010. He is also an active member in many other local committees and boards. In addition to his volunteer positions, Rudy serves the community as a frequent speaker. Since coming to Rockford in 1987, he has presented to over 10,000 students in Northern Illinois and multiple professional organizations.
Rudy has held numerous positions at his employer, UTC Aerospace Systems. For over a decade, he was the Space Systems Program Manager working with NASA on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. He was also director of operations and general manager of Asia programs, prior to returning to engineering to support Entry-into-Service for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Rudy has received much recognition for his professional and community service from various organizations. Examples include a leadership award from NASA, various community service awards, and most recently the Excalibur and regional Jefferson Award. He was also a finalist for the prestigious National Rotary Club Stellar Award for Advancements in Space.
Rudy has been married to his wife Julia for over 30 years. They are proud parents of three daughters, all college graduates that understand the vast opportunities created through life-long learning. His two grandchildren are enrolled in RPS205.