The 2008 Raytheon Excellence in Engineering and Technology
(EiET) Awards were held March 11, 2009, at the Smithsonian's
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The
awards, Raytheon's highest technical honor, recognize individuals
and teams whose innovations, processes or products have a
substantial impact on the company's success, and the success
of its customers.
Ninety-four people were honored during the dinner and awards
ceremony in the museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery. The award
recipients comprised 18 team and four individual examples of
excellence, hailing from every Raytheon business — including two
One Company awards and an Information Technology award.
In his opening remarks, Mark E. Russell, Raytheon vice president of
corporate Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance, spoke
about innovation and how it is more than coming up with a new
idea. It is making an idea a reality that makes the difference for our customers. He recognized the evening's award recipients as "94 people who have made a difference," and noted they "have
provided examples of excellence we can all be proud of."
After dinner, the awards program resumed with Raytheon Chairman
and CEO William H. Swanson delivering the evening's keynote
remarks. He observed how fast the world is changing and how
proud he was of the evening's honorees for helping our customers
to succeed in such a world. "The discoveries of the Raytheon
engineers and scientists in this room — you — will protect our
men and women in uniform, and allow our customers to
succeed — in the 'brave new world' of tomorrow," he said.
Swanson was then joined on stage by Russell and business
leadership, as master of ceremonies Mike Doble, Raytheon director
of Strategic Communications, read citations about the achievements
and called each honoree up to be personally congratulated.
Highlighting Three 2008 Excellence in Engineering and Technology Award Teams
One Company Award Stem Education Modeling Tool Team Dana Larson (NCS), Alex Sanchez (IDS), Joanne Attridge
(IDS), Brian Wells (Corp.), George Blaha (IDS)
For combining educational research methods with systems
engineering and modeling techniques to develop the first-of-it-skind
behavior model to analyze the science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) educational system.
Combining educational research methods with techniques usually
associated with industry created a synergy that has never existed in
the past. While the modeling methods applied are well known, the
application of these techniques to this challenging problem is new. During the two years of model development, the typical reaction
from the experts was that it could not be done. However, once the approach and the results were presented, the experts changed their
opinions and recognized the value in the approach.
Raytheon Technical Services Company F-16 Center Pedestal Display (CPD) Team Jayson Bopp, Brian Bultemeier, Robert Leffel, Charles
Rogers, Anthony Vicich
For developing an improved F-16 center display unit (CDU)
featuring an increased display area with higher resolution along
with Blue Force tracking, cursor-on-target image transfer,
and moving maps.
The F-16 CPD team developed an innovative design and packaging
solution for embedded processing canisters that allowed it to deliver a
smart display. It incorporates an open architecture solution based on
advanced digital processing and video processing elements such as a drop-in replacement for the legacy analog F-16 CDU. This
allowed the team to add capabilities that had not previously existed on the legacy system. As a result, the RTSC CDU was the only
solution flown in a test aircraft operational utility evaluation in 2008.
Raytheon Systems Limited Norwegian Radar Programme (NORAP) Development Team Gary Dawson, Phil Hudson, Dave Spalding
For providing the first motion-compensated full Mode-S ATC
Secondary Surveillance Radar system for deployment on the
Heidran offshore gas production platform.
To compensate for the motion of the offshore platform, the NORAP
team developed an innovative solution that measures and records the
position and orientation of the radar antenna. It did so by incorporating
twin precision and motion sensing systems on the platform. The
data was fed continuously into the online radar interrogator, enabling
it to calculate accurate range and bearing corrections. The team also achieved the required system uptime despite some extremely
challenging reliability requirements (99.99 percent inherent availability). Specifically, the platform was only accessible by helicopter
or ship, and extreme weather often limited access for extended periods.