James D. Raisbeck

Title: Engineering Company Executive
Company: Raisbeck Engineering, Inc.
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

James D. Raisbeck, Chairman Emeritus at Raisbeck Engineering, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aeronautical engineering.

Upon joining the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Raisbeck became intrigued by airplanes and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in aerodynamics from Purdue University in 1961. That same year, he commenced a career in aviation as a research aerodynamicist with Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Seattle. In 1966, he contributed as a new airplane and research out-plant manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and as a program manager of commercial STOL airplane programs until 1969. From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Raisbeck was president and chief executive officer of Robertson Aircraft Corp., during which he was responsible for completing the short takeoff and landing designs and certifications for installation on single and twin-engine Cessnas and Pipers. He went on to serve as vice president of technology for American Jet Industries in 1973 and 1974 and ultimately embarked upon his own professional venture. In 1974, Mr. Raisbeck established the Raisbeck Group as the chief executive officer, with locations in San Antonio and Seattle until 1980.

Presently, Mr. Raisbeck is chairman emeritus of Raisbeck Engineering as of 2017, originally spearheading the company in 1980. A Seattle-based business aerospace and defense company, Raisbeck Engineering provides clients with a range of systems to improve performance and efficiency for aircraft owners. Its subsidiary, Raisbeck Commercial Air Group Inc., was founded in 1996. In addition, he established the Raisbeck Innovation High School. Throughout his career, Mr. Raisbeck has attained several patents in aircraft design, including the 1984 Raisbeck Quiet Turbofan Propeller System for the King Air family with Swept Blade Turbofan Propellers for the King Air and Twin Otter product line added in 2014. He has also created the 1996 Raisbeck Stage 3 Noise Reduction System for the Boeing 727 and the 2001 design and development of bulletproof doors and bulkheads for the Boeing 737 and 757. After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Mr. Raisbeck unveiled the Armored Cockpit Security Systems and was also responsible for enlarged overhead bins for the Airbus A320.

Renowned for his innovation and executive prowess, Mr. Raisbeck received an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Purdue University in 2005 and was appointed an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2012. Named an Aviation Legend by the San Diego Air and Space Museum in 2011, Mr. Raisbeck received accolades from Raisbeck Aviation High School and the Seattle Arts Fund in 2013. Between 2000 and 2008, he also earned honorable recognition and awards from Living Legends of Aviation, the City of Seattle, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Museum of Flight, Hope Heart Institute, National Aviation Business Association, and Professional Pilot Magazine. In addition, Purdue University named him a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1979 and Outstanding Aerospace Engineer in 1999.

Mr. Raisbeck holds membership with the Living Legends in Aviation, Society of Automotive Engineers, National Business Aviation Association, Purdue University Alumni Association, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Sigma Gamma Tau. Upon his civic duties, he is a supporter of Purdue University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Cornish College of the Arts, United Way, and Raisbeck Aviation High School. Looking ahead, Mr. Raisbeck hopes to continue to make immeasurable contributions in the field of technology and philanthropy, as well as be a model for future advancement in the field. He thanks many of his mentors for his success today, including Dr. Bernie Gratzer, his supervisor at Boeing, and Jack Whipper, chief at Boeing. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Raisbeck can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

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