Technology Today

2012 Issue 2

Terry Stevenson

Engineering Profiles

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Mark Hebeisen
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Terry Stevenson
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Jennifer Cormack
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Tony Ponsford
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Teh-Kuang Lung
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Premkumar (Prem) Natarajan
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Engineering Profile

Terry Stevenson
Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Australia

As Chief Technology Officer of Raytheon Australia, Dr. Terry Stevenson is responsible for the introduction of new technology for all aspects of engineering practice across the business. This includes research and development, and the development of engineering skills and processes.

Stevenson helps define solutions for the customer by finding the best and most appropriate technologies and by providing the best and brightest engineers and technicians.

Stevenson learned to act and react with efficiency early in his life, and he leans heavily on these experiences when making decisions for the company. "When in Vietnam with the U.S. Seventh Fleet, I was maintaining a Gunnery Fire Control System. If it broke, you had to react quickly and competently; there was no time to go off and research the problem. My team became very innovative and we learned a lot in a very short time."

Prior to joining Raytheon Australia, Stevenson was Technical Director of Boeing Australia. Before this, he ran his own consultancy while on the staff at the University of Technology, Sydney, for six years.

Stevenson has always been involved in the developing of talent and the mentoring of engineers. He offers the following advice to up-and-coming engineers and technicians: "Remember that you, and not others, are managing your career. Take every opportunity to get experience whenever the opportunity presents itself. Do not move into management too early, so take the time to learn your craft. One of the great things with Raytheon is the Engineering Fellows program which allows you stay technical if you want."

Stevenson graduated from the New South Wales Institute of Technology with a BSEE degree and from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a doctorate in Telecommunications. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland.

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