Dr. Ellen Ferraro is the Director of Research and Technology within the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Advanced Technology business area. She was appointed to this position in 2016. In this role, she is responsible for driving the development of technologies and differentiators for future generations of Raytheon programs working with government Science & Technology (S&T) contract agencies, businesses, suppliers and universities. Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Systems Architecture, Design and Integration Directorate (SADID) within the Engineering organization responsible for all aspects of systems engineering including requirements definition, modeling and simulation efforts, system effectiveness and operational analysis and algorithm development.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, IDS has 31 locations around the world. Its broad portfolio of weapons, sensors and integration systems supports its customer base across multiple mission areas, including air and missile defense systems; missile defense radars; early warning radars; naval ship operating systems; C5I™ products and services; and other advanced technologies. IDS provides affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Since joining Raytheon Company, Ferraro has held the role of Director of Engineering Operations, Director for the Strategic Architecture Directorate and acting IDS Technical Director, Deputy Director for the System Validation Test and Analysis Directorate, Department Manager and Systems Engineering Integrated Product Team Lead. In addition, Ferraro has spearheaded efforts for the business in Model Based Systems Engineering, Program Protection Planning and Agile Methodologies for Systems Engineering. Her technical experience ranges from RF systems to Over the Horizon radars with expertise in analysis of scattering and propagation over the ocean and investigations in spread clutter mitigation techniques for enhanced target detection. Ferraro has authored and presented more than a dozen technical papers at conferences, universities and IEEE meetings around the world.
Ferraro received her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst under a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship. While working in the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) at the University of Massachusetts, her graduate research included the development of an airborne radar altimeter for the investigation of surface and volume scattering from the Greenland ice sheet.
Ferraro is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She was a member of the IEEE 2007 Radar Conference Committee and vice chair of the IEEE 2010 Phased Array Conference. She is an active member of the Boston Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and is the recipient of the Mass High Tech “Women to Watch in 2006” Award, the SWE 1999 Distinguished New Engineer Award, the SWE 2007 Emerging Leaders Award and the SWE 2016 Fellow Award.