Technology Today

2011 Issue 2

Bob Bowne

Engineering Profiles

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Dr. Jeff Puschell
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David McLaughlin
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Bob Bowne
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Paul Ferraro
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Diane Mahoney
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Engineering Profiles

Bob Bowne, Engineering Fellow, Senior Principal Software Engineer, IIS

In his 15 years with Raytheon, Bob Bowne has been a developer on several environmental systems, including the Satellite Data Handling System Upgrade and the Joint Environmental Toolkit. He also conducted ground demonstrations during the proposal phase, which led to the NPOESS/JPSS program award.

As the Environmental Chief Engineer for IIS, Bowne oversees the development and integration of weather data processing systems. His concentration is in the development of software algorithms to determine mission, platform, sensor and weapon impacts due to environmental or climatological phenomenon. Presently, Bowne leads Raytheon's uFrame™ (universal framework), Raytheon's Arctic Monitoring and Prediction (RAMP), and Raytheon's Environmental Monitoring and Prediction (REMAP) developments. Resulting capabilities have been integrated with command and control systems and have been demonstrated to U.S. Department of Defense and Canadian Ministry of Defense customers as a means to fill current operational gaps.

Bowne gives credit to his military career for giving him insight into the user's perspective and the role that environmental situational awareness plays in mission planning and execution. Also, a close customer relationship fostered through frequent briefings and technical interchange meetings has helped him to focus on particular customer needs.

Bowne offers the following advice to up-and-coming engineers: "Learn how and when to take risks. Risk is an unavoidable part of engineering. Engineers must know how to understand and manage risk and its impact."

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