Dr. Amani Alonazi puts the human intelligence in artificial intelligence (AI).

As a technical lead engineer, based in Saudi Arabia, she develops AI and machine learning capabilities for our products. Her algorithms enable autonomous systems to understand the surrounding environment and extract insights that help the pilot or the uncrewed aerial vehicle operator protect passengers.

The technology Amani developed might, for instance, detect an incursion on the runway or alert of a passing ground vehicle. She knows she plays a direct role in keeping people safe — it’s the reason she decided to become part of our team.

“Computational science and engineering are in Boeing’s DNA but it’s not just about products,” Amani said. “It’s about technology and innovation that will transform aerospace as we know it. I knew I wanted to be part of that.”

Formerly a research scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Amani remains connected to academia as part of the Boeing Research & Technology team, where she collaborates on research projects with KAUST and other universities in the Middle East.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” Amani said. “I work with a team of experts, including Boeing scientists and engineers across the world, but also partner with universities and research centers.”

That knowledge sharing helps Amani and her network stay current on rapidly evolving technological advancements. She embraces the professional development that comes with having access to experts in industry and academia.

Amani sits center in a group as they look toward a laptop
Amani hasn’t left academia behind, pictured here collaborating with scientists of the Qatar Computing Research Institute.

After joining our company, Amani quickly became recognized as a subject matter expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and was promoted to technical leader.

The most rewarding part of her job, Amani said, is seeing her creations in action.

“Every successful deployment of an autonomous system powered by machine learning brings us closer to a future in which technology seamlessly integrates with everyday life, making it safer, more convenient and efficient,” she explained.