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Robert C. Rassa

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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. 

Mr. Rassa is 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 serves as the Chair of the CMMI Steering Group,

He is an elected Fellow of IEEE and has held numerous offices within the IEEE and is currently Vice-President, Conferences, IEEE Systems Council. He is also Past President, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society and Past President, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society

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.

VP Conferences; Past President (2016); Fellows Evaluation Chair; Distinguished Lecturer


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