Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

Laura Vogt

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

Laura Vogt
Section Head, Immersive Design Center

With more than 12 years at Raytheon Missile Systems, Laura Vogt is the current section head for the Immersive Design Center (IDC) and its CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE), a large-scale 3D virtual reality technology for engineers, operators, suppliers and customers to collaborate on models, simulations and data.

With regard to her current success with CAVE technology: “We have been able to bring the early upfront project visualization to the customer,” Vogt stated, “both domestic and international. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a 3D model is a set of encyclopedias. Anytime a person is given that much immediate understanding and knowledge, the possibilities are endless. The playing field is now leveled and the confusion of language disappears. Speed, affordability, camaraderie are all fantastic results from this capability.”

Throughout her Raytheon career, Vogt has worked to help shape external customer, industry and DoD policy around advanced manufacturing techniques and model based manufacturing initiatives. She has led several strategic development initiatives for the Manufacturing Innovation Directorate to increase the affordability and responsiveness of manufacturing capabilities. Previous to her role with the IDC, she led the collaboration and organization of the annual Raytheon Missile Systems Strategic Dialogue. Vogt also worked as a project lead for the former iFUZION Center for Innovation, interfacing with senior management and engineers involved in emerging programs at Raytheon to develop collaborative methods and innovative solutions in the areas of strategic planning, product design and process improvement.

When asked to describe what excites her most about her work, Vogt responded by saying, “First and foremost, serving my country in whatever way I can. I’ve shook hands with warfighters and saw the utmost appreciation for the fact that we helped to save lives and bring them home safely. It’s a duty that I’m honored to help supply. I also enjoy the challenge that each year brings me. It helps me grow as a person but ultimately it’s for our soldiers.”

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