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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.