Jill Meyers, FRAeS
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Jill Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in aviation and aerospace, including eight years in the United States Air Force supporting ground communications and radar systems worldwide. After transitioning out of the military, she worked for several companies including Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, on programs including the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), Global Hawk, and the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter jet. Jill is also an expert in the commercial uses of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), sitting on state-wide panels in California to represent this growing industry.
To help inspire young girls around the globe, Jill volunteered for Dreams Soar, Inc. in 2017, managing the ground support team for founder Shaesta Waiz’s solo flight around the world in a single-engine aircraft for their “Global Flight for STEM”. Jill managed the logistics for the 145-day mission and led the planning of 32 Outreach events in 14 countries, where Shaesta inspired more than 3,000 students to follow their dreams.
Jill owns a consulting business and provides her expertise to aviation organizations around the world. She is also a professional public speaker represented by Changemaker Talent with an inspirational presentation called "Shifting the Balance: Women in Aviation". One of Jill’s most rewarding roles was as a consultant to Indie Atlantic Films for production of their award-winning 2019 documentary film Fly Like A Girl.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a licensed private pilot since age 17. She is a long-time member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Women in Aviation International (WAI), and is Founder and President of New Mexico’s WAI Land of Enchantment Chapter. Jill also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum and The Betty Flies Foundation.
AWARDS & HONORS
New Mexico Technical Council 2020 "Women in Technology" Honoree
Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in London, 2019
Finalist for the San Diego Magazine “Woman of the Year” Award, 2018
Winner of the "Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award" by the American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautics (AIAA), 2018
Winner of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) "Outstanding Community Service Award", 2017
Winner of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce "Women in Leadership Award", 2016