Adjunct Lecturer for Systems and Industrial Engineering
Sharon O’Neal recently retired as an Engineering Director I at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. Over the course of her 33 year engineering career, she has held a variety of roles and responsibilities including:
- Real time embedded software development for complex products developed by Raytheon
- Systems Engineering, including System Security Engineering and Systems Architecture
- Technical expertise and leadership
- Program Management for several programs in excess of $100M
- Capture management, including proposal development and win-strategy development
- Functional leadership and setting strategies for very large engineering organizations
- Mentoring engineers at all levels
Before retiring, Sharon was the Software Engineering Center Director for more than 500 multi-disciplined engineers. She is very active in leading change across multiple engineering disciplines within the RMS Engineering Directorate, and was heavily involved in several initiatives at RMS including: Multi-disciplined Agile transformation, Automated test initiatives, and Cyber / Software Assurance maturation. She was the first female at RMS to achieve the distinguished technical classification of Senior Fellow Engineer. Sharon has extensive program management experience and led multiple very sophisticated and complex development programs through the Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of development. She is very committed to program excellence and developing high quality products for Raytheon’s customers. Sharon is a certified Systems Architect, certified SW Architect, certified Agile Scrum and Product Owner, and is also certified in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
In 2016, Sharon became preparing for her transition from industry to academia, and has been teaching engineering classes at the University of Arizona. Her goal is share the wealth of her experiences with next generation engineers and help them transition from academia to industry careers successfully. She loves working with engineering students, as it gives her the opportunity to teach / mentor, and also mutually learn with/from the students in the classes she teaches.
Sharon began her career with Hughes / Raytheon in 1985. She was the first in her family to earn her college degree. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University in 1984. She earned a MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991.
Among her many passions, Sharon has been very proactive and dedicated to reaching out to school age children in her community to foster a better understanding and appreciation for the math and science disciplines. Twelve years ago, she originated and established a major outreach program in Tucson held annually called the Math Science and Technology Funfest (MSTFF) that united hundreds of scientists and engineers from many different companies and affiliations across Tucson to bring their love for math and science to life for the community’s children. Since its inception in March 2003, more than 75,000 school age children from all socio-economic backgrounds have benefited from this event. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) whose mission is to empower Southern Arizona’s K-12 students to participate in science, technology, engineering and math through inquiry-based learning and research