Amy M. Williams Helvey, Class of 1990

IMG_0507Amy Helvey moved to Bloomsdale, Missouri, with her parents, Stephen and Alayne Williams, in 1983 at the age of 11. She developed a love of science and engineering of flight at an early age from her father, an aeronautical engineer. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, Swing Choir, Concert Choir, the Science Alliance, Forensic Team, and Drill Team.

After graduation from SGHS, she attended Jefferson College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Science-Engineering Degree in 1992. Mrs. Helvey then attended the University of Missouri-Rolla on a Curator’s scholarship. During that time, she tutored, graded assignments, and worked part-time in the Chancellor’s office. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science-Aerospace Engineering degree in 1994. She began work as an engineer at McDonald Douglas Aerospace, which later became the Boeing Company. While working at Boeing, she continued her education, earning a Master Degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2008.

Amy Helvey’s career at Boeing has included work as an engineer and program manager for several multi-million dollar projects. Her focus has been on research and development in metals fabrication processes, including high speed machining, welding, forming, and deposition processes. She has worked on defense, commercial, and space programs, including the F/A-18 Hornet, F-15 Eagle, AV-8B Harrier, and the 787 Dreamliner. She has been awarded five U.S. patents pertaining to her work. Mrs. Helvey has published many professional papers, presented at multiple technical conferences, and received many technical awards, including the Defense ManTech Achievement Award. Her career has taken her around the world to collaborate with other companies, universities, and research programs.

Amy Helvey is active in mentoring high school girls interested in engineering. She has mentored several young engineers and managers at Boeing. Her motto in life: “Life is a gift. Don’t waste it. You should enjoy it while making a positive impact.” She lives in Imperial, MO with her husband, Mike, a 1988 SGHS graduate, along with their two children, Jacob and Eric. Together they have been able to join Amy on several trips abroad.