Technology Today

2013 Issue 1

Dr. Joseph O. Chapa

Engineering Profiles

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Paul Bailey
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Dr. Joseph O. Chapa
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Jason Shelton
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Joanne Wood
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Jane Orsulak
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Michael L. Walker
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Nora Tgavalekos, Ph.D.
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Engineering Profile

Dr. Joseph O. Chapa
Director for Operational Analysis and Simulation (OAS)

Dr. Joseph O. Chapa is the OAS director in the Systems Architecture, Design and Integration Directorate. He has held this position since the inception of the department in 2011. Dr. Chapa’s primary responsibility is conducting mission-level and operational analysis and simulation development for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers and Raytheon capture teams.

“Mission-level and operational analyses provide our customers with quantitative data showing the benefit of a weapon system or systems in warfighter terms, not engineering terms,” states Dr. Chapa. “The simulations developed by the OAS Department at different levels of fidelity are delivered to and used by our customers to predict performance in deployed configurations and flight tests.”

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Chapa served as the technical director for the Global Integrated Sensors and National and Theater Security Programs business areas where he was responsible for technology planning and technical concept development in the areas of air defense, missile defense, space surveillance and control, technical intelligence and battlefield integration. Dr. Chapa began his work at Raytheon in 2005 as a technical director in the Missile Defense business area. Before this, he was a Group Leader at Lincoln Laboratory, where he initiated and led several intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor and exploitation technology programs.

Prior to Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Chapa enjoyed a 20-year career as an engineer and program manager in the United States Air Force, where he served in the Avionics Laboratory, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Airborne Warning and Control System Program Office, and Electronic Systems Center Special Projects. Dr. Chapa received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Illinois College, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering (optics and imaging), and a Ph.D. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Imaging Science.

Dr. Chapa understands that insights into new solutions or concepts come from understanding the details. “At Raytheon, operational analysis and simulation is essential to our capture process, providing hard data to our capture managers and technical directors that can be used to shape and win key pursuits.”

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