Technology Today

2011 Issue 1


Engineering Profiles

Raytheon Certified Architects

The Raytheon Certified Architect Program (RCAP) is a companywide certification program to ensure a continuing pipeline of outstanding systems and enterprise architects. RCAP was launched in 2004 and includes requirements for architecture standards-based training, external architect certifications, leadership and communication skills, architecture practitioner experience, system life-cycle experience, mentoring, and contributions to the architecture discipline. In 2009, Raytheon received accreditation from The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises.

Ron Williamson

Ron Williamson

Sr. Engineering Fellow, Network Centric Systems

An early introduction to math, science and technology in high school led Ron Williamson to a lifetime interest in applying new technical ideas to solving interesting problems. He recently applied that interest as Raytheon's chief architect and common services integrated product team lead on the Energy Surety and Environment Enterprise Campaign.

Williamson has worked in several domains during his 30-year career, including enterprise architecture, distributed systems integration, information and knowledge exploitation, sensor processing, intelligence systems, modeling and simulation, model-based systems and software engineering. He has supported analysis and development efforts for several Raytheon customers, including NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

He has performed several roles within Raytheon, including Mission Systems Integration technology area director and Energy Surety chief architect. He has also taken leadership roles in several standards efforts related to enterprise and systems modeling for infrastructure related systems, complex distributed C4I systems, and large-scale systems integration.

Williamson's advice to others reflects his own successful approach to his career. "Take on a proactive leadership role at whatever level you are at in the organization," he said. "Continue learning and stay abreast of the state-of-the-art technologies in your discipline, and find innovative ways of applying the technologies to solving your customers' problems."

Bob Gerard

Bob Gerard

Sr. Engineering Fellow, Network Centric Systems

From growing up on a farm to working on small project teams at the start of his career,
Bob Gerard learned early on the importance of "owning" a project. His focus on making his assigned work successful, and proactively addressing issues that arise in other parts of a project led to his chosen career working in system integration, enterprise architecture, command and control, interoperability and communications.

As interoperable, internetworked systems have become the norm — with command and control systems often serving a key integration role — he has applied his experience to create innovative solutions for many cross-company projects and investments. A 32-year Raytheon veteran, Gerard recently served as microgrid team lead for Raytheon's Energy Surety and Environment Enterprise Campaign, where he was responsible for coordinating cross-company research and development in integrated energy systems and models.

According to Gerard, the microgrid team's work made important contributions not only to Raytheon, but also to customers' missions. Microgrid technology improves assurance of required power when and where it's needed; decreases energy costs; and reduces the logistics burden in a battlefield environment, where warfighters risk their lives to make fuel deliveries. "Contributing my vision and unique talent to support customers' missions is exciting to me," Gerard said.

Gerard advises new employees to take a proactive approach to the success of Raytheon and its customers. "Develop skills and take initiative in areas that will contribute most, and go the extra mile when it's needed."


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