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Mirrors and Missile Domes: Raytheon VP Lawrence Awarded Medal by Materials Scientists

From left: ASM International President Dr. Gernant E. Maurer and RMS President Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence display the Medal for the Advancement of Research.

Research into new materials is critical for the defense industry’s future, whether it’s strengthening the nose cone of a missile or improving the mirrors of a sensor, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems told a group of scientists.

Raytheon Vice President and Missile Systems business President Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence spoke about these advances after receiving the Medal for the Advancement of Research at the ASM International Annual Awards Dinner held at the Le Westin Montreal in Quebec on Oct. 29.

“This award is a tremendous honor and a credit to the many talented people in the defense industry and at Raytheon,” said Lawrence to a crowd of previous award winners, ASM members, and friends and colleagues of the award recipients. “It also stands as a symbol of the critical work we do in materials science, research and development.”

Dr. Lawrence joins previous Medal for the Advancement of Research recipients, including W. James McNerney, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, The Boeing Company; David L. Joyce, president and chief executive officer, GE Aviation; Dr. Craig R. Barrett, former chairman and chief executive officer, Intel Corporation; and Charles O. Holliday, Jr., former chairman and chief executive officer, DuPont.

During his acceptance speech, Lawrence highlighted some of the exceptional achievements of RMS engineers over the past eight years.  One area highlighted was Raytheon’s material breakthroughs that enable weight reductions for defense systems.  Using a new kind of material and manufacturing process, engineers reduced the reflective optics weight on unmanned aerial vehicle sensors and handheld target locators by 30 to 50 percent.  As warfighters continually look for lighter materials, this technology shows great promise and could improve multiple systems.

“Our advances are undoubtedly saving lives, protecting warfighters and preserving freedom around the world,” Lawrence said.  “This work gives me great satisfaction.”

Established in 1943, The Medal for the Advancement of Research is one of ASM’s highest honors given to an executive in an organization that specializes in the production, fabrication or use of metals and other materials.  Award recipients are chosen for consistently sponsoring research or development and helping to advance the arts and sciences relating to materials science and engineering.

ASM International is a global, professional society with 36,000 members. Its materials scientists, researchers and technologists represent industries including heat treating, thermal spray, electronic failure analysis, industrial design, medical materials, metallography, and welding and joining.

To learn more, visit ASM International online.

Published: 10/06/2014

Last Updated: 01/15/2015

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