Our engineers play a major role in achieving Rockwell Collins’ Vision to be the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world. – Nan Mattai, senior vice president, Engineering & Information Technology
Rockwell Collins engineers share a passion for curiosity and a desire to solve complex problems by continually asking “why” and “why not.” This creative spirit results in technologies that keep people safe, connected and informed every day.
The annual Engineer of the Year program celebrates the technical creativity and thinking of Rockwell Collins’ top engineers. The stories of our corporate winners and finalists — who were nominated by their peers or leaders — illustrate how they achieved breakthrough results that significantly impact our business growth and the engineering profession.
Hear about the engineering achievements of the three recipients of the Engineer of the Year awards: Doug Johnson, Commercial Systems; Charles “Cap” Popeck, Government Systems; and Prashant Srivastava, International & Service Solutions.
Tap on the images to learn about each engineer’s accomplishments.
Kimera Cho led her team in a durability review of thousands of components that go into our Common Core System radio products, which can be lifelines for soldiers and other users. When she found a durability issue, Cho collaborated across Engineering and Manufacturing to resolve it.
Tom Cullen brought world-class experience, along with a meticulous, data-driven work ethic to the development of a photonic clock that is instrumental to our software defined receiver program. His innovation saved the day on this program challenge.
Mark Fersdahl was nominated for Engineer of the Year as a result of two separate contributions – his technical radar expertise in the pursuit of Airbus’ A320 surveillance system contract, and his solution for incorporating features of our newest Air Transport Systems weather radar into our Business and Regional Systems radar products.
Rick Heinz led the team that replaced the graphics package in a major technology refresh for our ARINC Advanced Information Management (AIM®) security solution, which will save $20,000 in software licensing fees for every AIM customer while greatly reducing training time.
Weston Lahr developed a visual tool to facilitate image-quality discussions among his fellow team members on the Enhanced Vision System (EVS)-3000. The tool is so innovative that it is now part of the system, giving pilots an automated way to get the clearest view of the terrain around their aircraft.
Glenn Schillinger helped orchestrate a successful solution when Rockwell Collins was challenged by Embraer to design and build a Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery Control System for its KC-390 military transport aircraft within a 30-day time period. He identified existing components that could be part of the solution, gathered the right talent and rallied his team to the finish line.
Tim Wendt worked tirelessly on new ways to reintroduce a streamlined, continuous improvement approach to software development called Agile, which Rockwell Collins had tried to implement in the past. This time it clicked, resulting in significantly reduced defects and happier software engineers and customers.