Director, Mesa Site Leader, Attack and Mesa Operations, The Boeing Company
Nola Kambanda is the director of Attack and Mesa Operations. She manages Attack helicopter production and operations in addition to her Mesa site lead responsibilities. Prior to this role, Nola was the director of the BDS Electrical Center of Excellence (ECOE). In this position, Nola oversaw the fabrication of wire bundles/harnesses, fiber optic cables, and panels to support Boeing programs’ electrical needs in BCA, BDS and BGS. Nola’s prior role was leading the Electronics Center of Excellence (ExCoE) where she oversaw the electronics fabrication and assembly of circuit cards and avionics boxes to support the needs of program customers.
Nola’s previous role was the director of the Assurance of Supply (AoS). The AoS initiative was created in 2017 by BDS Engineering, Operations and Supplier Chain to improve the health of our production system. She worked closely with teams in Engineering, Operations, and Supplier Chain, and throughout Boeing, to simplify business processes, standardize and enhance governance to prevent shortages.
Prior to her AoS role, Nola was part of BDS Production Services since March 2017 as a senior manager for Property Management. She previously served as a senior manager in Corporate Audit, having joined the group through the Enterprise Auditor rotation. She began her Boeing career as an engineer on the Space Shuttle program, including as cargo flight manager on STS-114, the “Return to Flight” mission.
While on the Shuttle program, she was the customer interface coordinating manifest assessments, change requests and the certification of flight readiness activities/reviews with United Space Alliance (USA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Nola received the NASA Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps for her outstanding performance contributing to flight safety and mission success of STS-114.
Nola obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, and her Systems Engineering Certificate from MIT. Additionally, Nola is an Advisory Board member at Operation USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit humanitarian organization.