Mr. Higgins was inducted in the ME Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi in 1979 while a student in Civil Engineering at the University of Maine. He joined the Boeing Company after graduation, where he worked for 26 years in various capacities, including three vice-presidential positions. He recently retired from his position as Vice-President, the Americas, in 2005. He also completed an MBA at Seattle University, an MA in History from Norwich University, and executive studies at the University of Washington and Carnegie-Mellon University.
A longtime participant in industry activities, Mr. Higgins has been recognized for his contributions by the Air Transport association and the Aerospace Industries Association. He has served in leadership roles for both organizations. The University of Maine recently dedicated the Richard and Jean Higgins Engineering Materials laboratory to honor his contributions to the Profession and his Alma Mater. He currently serves on the College of Engineering’s Advisory Board.
Steve graduated in 1982 from the University of Maine with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He has worked for Digital Electronics Corporation, Fairchild Semiconductor, and National Semiconductor since 1982. He has been an engineer in the Photolithography and Etch areas, and has been a manager of the Fab Operations Engineering group, Product Engineering group and Quality Engineering. Steve has been a strong supporter and an advisor to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maine since 2000.