Bell Helicopter

The essential mobility tool of first responders and military personnel, Bell Helicopters are a global symbol of life-saving technology. Bell joined the LGO partnership in 2014 as part of a major talent development effort to help accelerate the company’s technological and operational excellence. LGO internships give students exposure to helicopter design, system integration, and analytics-driven road mapping of the Bell supply chain.

Bell internships take place in Fort Worth, Texas, with travel during their research to Bell sites throughout North America.

Paul Baxter (LGO ’16)

Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Research topic: Lean optimization
Bell’s Drive Systems Center DSC is a low volume, high variety job shop with hundreds of machines, thousands of parts, and tens of thousands of operations. Paul developed an automated scheduling model, now in implementation, that resulted in less supervisor time scheduling and greater machine utilization.

Nicholas Dunn (LGO ’18)

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Research topic: Robotics and automation
Nick’s internship project is a key enabler of Bell’s effort to revolutionize urban transportation through on-demand mobility. Autonomous on-demand aircraft design and operations are still in their infancy. Nick will produce a conceptual system design for the on-demand mobility system and boost Bell’s efforts in this exciting new area.

Some LGO alumni holding management positions at Bell Helicopter are:

Sean Holly (LGO ’06)

Vice President for Manufacturing Operations, Bell Helicopter
At LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: Illinois Institute of Technology, Physics
Sean became the Vice President for Manufacturing Operations in 2017. In this role he is responsible for operations across Bell’s manufacturing network, including safety, quality, cost and talent development. Previously he was the general manager of Bell’s Drive Systems Center outside Fort Worth, Texas, which is responsible for transmission fabrication and assembly for all Bell products.

Karl Kulling (LGO ’15)

Value Stream Manager, Bell Helicopter
At LGO: MBA & SM Engineering Systems
Previous studies: MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Karl works at Bell’s Advanced Composite Center in Fort Worth, Texas. A former UAV engineer, Karl leads day-to-day manufacturing operations of tiltrotor and helicopter components, with primary responsibility for safety, quality, delivery, cost, and talent development.

Bell has recruited on campus each year of their partnership, and is excited to meet and recruit LGOs.

# of hires in last three years: 3

Typical roles for LGOs at Bell: manufacturing leadership, strategic supply chain, integrated business planning, product design & development