Technology Today

2013 Issue 1

Joanne Wood

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

Joanne Wood
Sr. Engineering Fellow, Space and Airborne Systems

Joanne Wood is currently a Senior Engineering Fellow within the Systems Development Center in Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Working with the Raytheon Corporate team, she leads the Enterprise Modeling and Simulation Core Research project to enable simulation and analysis based collaboration on crosscompany initiatives. She also is the lead investigator and manager for two study activities in the Advanced Concepts and Technology business area.

In 2011, Wood completed a 14-month rotation as the Mission Systems Integration, Corporate Technology Area Director. She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a systems engineer, performing mission analysis and modeling future systems and systems of systems. Her expertise includes systems and operational analysis, customer/user requirements and technical management.

One aspect of Wood’s work is to bring customer focus to Raytheon product engineering. Through the use of a comprehensive toolset, Wood and her team demonstrate to the warfighter what exactly Raytheon products do and how they can fill capability gaps that can improve mission execution. “There is nothing better than getting postbriefing comments from customers who come up to me and say, Hey, you guys really get what it is that we are trying to do!,” Wood exclaims. Fundamentally, Wood and her team help facilitate the translation of requirements to operational utility. As the program matures, her team’s mission analyses help both the customer and Raytheon understand the value of system upgrades that can help solve near-term mission performance gaps without having to wait for a new system to be fielded.

“Being able to translate engineering solutions to operational benefit gives me direct exposure to the warfighter, which provides me with valuable experience at understanding what they [the customers] care about,” states Wood. “Being on the front end of the business puts me and my team in a position to help shape programs by ensuring performance requirements are communicated to warfighters in their mission terms, and not just by dB, power, detection ranges and timing.”

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