Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

Aaron Shin

Engineering Profiles

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Peter Kampf
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Chad Spalt
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Amanda Rickman
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Jeff Shubrooks
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Aaron Shin
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Laura Vogt
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Craig Armiento
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Chris McCarroll
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Krista Gumiela
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Engineering Profile

Aaron Shin
Senior Director, Corporate Operations

As a senior director for transition-to-production in the Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance organization of Raytheon Corporate Operations, Aaron Shin is responsible for development and execution of numerous enterprisewide initiatives to improve Raytheon’s overall product life-cycle development process and manufacturing efficiency. These efforts include tactical and strategic projects to systematically improve quality, cost, time to market and customer satisfaction, while yielding improved return on invested capital.

“These processes and systems,” Shin states, “bring the best-inindustry capabilities to our engineers so that they are able to design it right the first time by leveraging systematic domain knowledge of all the subject matter experts, systems that automate time consuming tasks and systems that guide them through design decisions. All this improves transition to manufacturing dramatically, reducing cause for rework.” He describes his role as someone who “enables corporate projects that poka-yoke the design process to ensure quality and to free up the engineers to spend more of their time on creative and strategic tasks.” Shin then noted how “great it is to see collaboration among four businesses and the enthusiastic support of the various team members. The domain knowledge and expertise of the team members are unmatched in the industry. We really have world-class talent.”

Shin began his career 23 years prior to joining Raytheon in the automotive industry, initially at General Motors and then at Ford Motor Company where he led the engineering team in the redesign of the world’s most successful F150/250 trucks. He was also program manager for Ranger trucks and brand manager for Ford’s Explorer series. During this period, Shin served as president of the Association of Korean-American Professionals in the Automotive Industry.

“I have held numerous leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, program management, IT (information technology) and Six Sigma,” Shin says. “Through these experiences, I have learned that we exist to satisfy our customers with best performing products and services, at optimized cost with best quality, and meeting customer’s schedule. Companies that do this best as their competitive advantage will succeed. Thus, all the enterprise projects I lead are in support of this objective.”

When asked about the key traits which have contributed to his success, Shin explains that you must “surround yourself with domain experts, be a change agent, improve your knowledge and skills continuously, and be part of projects that deliver value to our customer and Raytheon. Become an expert in your domain both within the company and within industry. Ask yourself how much of your daily tasks is reactive or tactical versus strategic.”

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