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Robert C. Rassa

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BoG (2017-2019); BoG (2014-2016); Treasurer (2014-2019); AESS Past President (2008-2009); Student Activities Co-Chair; NDIA Liaison; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2019); IEEE Fellow

Bob Rassa is a Director of Engineering Programs at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems. He is also President-elect of the IEEE Systems Council, Sr. Past President of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Council and past President of IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society. He is an elected Fellow of the IEEE.

Primary responsibilities within Raytheon are focused on furthering the discipline of systems engineering within the US Department of Defense and defense industry. Experience in electronics design, test systems, logistics, systems engineering, and program management.

Mr. Rassa is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division, as well as a founding member of their Automatic Test Committee. 

Mr. Rassa was the Industry Sponsor of CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration, the world-wide-adopted model for process improvement for SE, SW, PM, and HW design), and served as the Chair of the CMMI Steering Group from inception until 2013.

Mr. Rassa holds a BSEE from the University of California – Berkeley.

He holds the US Patent for a satellite-based Advanced Maintenance System for Aircraft & Military Weapons, issued in August 1999, now being used on the F-22 and F-35.

He is recipient of the Westinghouse Order of Merit, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the McGinnis Professional Achievement Award from IEEE-AUTOTESTCON, the Lt Gen Thomas Ferguson Award for Systems Engineering Excellence from NDIA, the NDIA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, the Raytheon Award for Excellence in Engineering Process Improvement, and the IEEE Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society.


Technical Areas of Interest: 
Electronics Design,  Systems Engineering, Program Management

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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