Tia Benson Tolle
Director, Advanced Materials Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Executive I Panelist
Tia Benson Tolle graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. She also earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and Engineering from the University of Dayton. In addition she holds a master’s certificate in leadership and executive development from the University of Dayton and completed the Air Force Senior Leadership Development Course and Air War College Senior Leader Course from the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. Benson Tolle joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center 1983 as a co-op student and in 1986 as a flight crew instructor in the Space Shuttle Flight Training Division, Mission Operations Directorate. In 1989, she joined the Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright Laboratory, as a composite structures program manager in the Advanced Composites Advanced Development Program Office. Benson Tolle then joined the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, in 1992. She held several positions, including chief of the Structural Materials Branch and lead of the Composites Core Technology Area. In 2007, she was assigned as the technology director of the Nonmetallic Materials Division. In 2012, Benson Tolle joined Boeing as the director of Advanced Materials, Product Development at Boeing Commercial Aircraft. In this position she is accountable for the integrated materials portfolio for Boeing’s commercial airplane products. Benson Tolle is a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), an International Past President of SAMPE, and was President of the Materials Research Society (2014).