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Robert C. Rassa

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BoG (2017-2019); BoG (2014-2016); Treasurer (2014-2020); AESS President (2008-2009); AUTOTESTCON Rep (2020-2022); AESS Short Course Instructor; Student Activities Co-Chair; NDIA Liaison; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022); IEEE Fellow


Bob Rassa is a Director of Engineering Programs at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems.

Primary responsibilities 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. He was the Industry Sponsor via NDIA’s Systems Engineering Division 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.

He is an elected Life Fellow of IEEE and has held numerous offices within the IEEE and is currently Treasurer, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society and Vice-President, Conferences, IEEE Systems Council. He is also Past President, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, Past President, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society, and Past President of the IEEE Systems Council.  He is also the founder of the IEEE Systems Council, as well as the founder of the IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO), renamed IEEE Convene in 2018. He is a past member of the IEEE Conferences Committee and past Chair; past member of the TAB Management Committee, and past member of the TAB Finance Committee.

Mr. Rassa is an adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Rowan University, New Jersey.

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. This patent is also the basis for General Motors Digital “On-Star” System.

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,  the IEEE Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society, the IEEE Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Systems Council, and is an elected member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor.

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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