Lauren Crews, Manager, IRAD IDS
Dr. Lauren Crews manages Integrated Defense Systems’ portfolio of independent research and development (IRAD) projects. She is also chair of Raytheon’s Mechanical, Materials and Structures technology network, a companywide community of more than 1,000 engineers and technologists.
“Much of our new technology that advances the state of the art and creates solutions to customers’ unmet needs is developed through our IRAD program,” says Crews. As IRAD manager, she ensures that all projects are clearly defined, well planned, aligned with customer needs and achieve their intended results.
Prior to her current roles, Crews served as the Mechanical, Materials and Structures Technology Area director for Raytheon Corporate Research and Technology. Before this, she was a section manager within IDS’ Mechanical Engineering Directorate. She was also the mechanical engineering lead for the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal program and the deputy lead of the Ship Integrated Product team for the Cobra Judy Replacement program. Crews started her career with Raytheon as a mechanical design engineer and thermal analyst for ship- and ground-based radar systems.
Crews is a certified Raytheon Six Sigma™ Expert and a graduate of the IDS Program Management College, the Raytheon Leadership Excellence Program and the IDS Strategic Development Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, and she has both a master’s and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.
Crews speaks to her experience with new technology and IRAD innovations: “It’s exciting to watch technologies mature and see first-of-a-kind demonstrations, knowing that the success of these projects will enable great things for our customers and support the future success of our business.”