Randal Tustison, Principal Engineering Fellow, IDS
Dr. Randy Tustison is a principal engineering fellow on staff in Integrated Defense Systems’ Mechanical Engineering Directorate, where he is capture manager for Advanced Technology. He is also Mechanical, Materials and Structures Technology Area Champion for Raytheon, involved in all aspects of materials and mechanical engineering science.
A former research associate with MIT, Tustison began his Raytheon career 32 years ago. He became materials engineering manager and ultimately managed the research facility until 2002. He has been engaged in both independent research and development and contract research and development (CRAD) throughout his career. He acknowledges the importance of being able to provide the best solutions at the lowest cost, particularly in our dynamic environment. “We must constantly innovate. Through CRAD projects we have the opportunity to shape solutions to difficult problems while working directly with the customer.”
Since joining Raytheon, Tustison has been active in the area of optical materials and coatings development. He was a member of DoD Militarily Critical Technology Working Group − Optical Materials and a member of the U.S. delegation to the 4th NATO Conference on Infrared Materials. He is a member of the American Vacuum Society and past chair of the Vacuum Technology Division. He was chair of SPIE’s Windows and Dome Technologies and Materials Conference 2011. Tustison also serves on the industrial advisory board of the National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing.
Tustison notes that the thing that excites him most about his work is being able to contribute to the creation of something that hasn’t existed or been done before. “The creative part of research and development can be very rewarding.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Purdue University and master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma™ Specialist.