Engineers Make a Difference Every Day

April 12, 2016 | Author: Bob Smith

One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to meet many of the phenomenal people who are part of the global Honeywell Aerospace Engineering and Technology team. I admit I may be biased, but I honestly believe that I work with some of the most talented, innovative and hard-working women and men in the aerospace industry.

These are people who could have taken their talents anywhere. So I’m excited that they chose to work in this great industry and for a company with more than a century-long record of contributions to making flying safer, more efficient and more comfortable.

While every engineer is unique (some more unique than others!), a common denominator seems to be the strong desire to make a difference and a love for the aerospace industry. That’s what drove me.

I became fascinated with aviation, aerospace and engineering when I was very young back in the late 1960s, during the heyday of the U.S. space program and our quest to put a man on the moon. From that point forward and with encouragement from my father who also shared a passion for flying, I always wanted to an “aerospace guy”. I occasionally joke that I remain unemployed because there are certainly days when what I do doesn’t seem like work.

I had that experience when I worked as the Executive Director for Space Shuttle Upgrades. We had a series of very challenging safety and reliability upgrade development programs that we were implementing across the Shuttle. We worked very well together, because we shared a common purpose: We wanted to push the envelope and create something new and innovative that would change how we went to space.We wanted to make a difference. And it wasn’t easy; we faced a lot of challenges. Everything from false starts to program changes, but we powered through them all and became a stronger, more determined team. And it paid off, because the hardware and software we designed flew and improved our access to space.

I can remember being at a launch with some of our upgrades and realizing that this was one of the few times, in history, people had gone into space. My team was part of something so much bigger and it was in that moment, I thought,“This is why we’re in this business. This is what gets us excited. This is what we love.”

I know Honeywell engineers feel the same way every time they look up and see an aircraft flying overhead with our systems on it or watch our products fly into space. It’s a great industry and a great time to still be part of an innovative company that pushes the limits of aerospace technology.

Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Bob Smith is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Aerospace and Vice President of Engineering and Technology. He is responsible for all engineering development efforts, technology development and strategy, and attaining and maintaining technical and programmatic excellence across a worldwide team of exceptionally talented engineers and scientists. Previously, Smith was Vice President of Advanced Technology for Honeywell Aerospace. Smith is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and current president of the International Society of Air-breathing Engines (ISABE). He received the SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award in 2007 and had been recognized with NASA’s Silver Snoopy and Spaceflight Awareness Awards. He has served or is currently serving on Federal Aviation Administration advisory boards, Department of Defense committees and the board of the Arizona Technology Council. He has advanced degrees in engineering and applied mathematics from Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, as well as a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas.

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  • Hilaire Perera

    It was rewarding working for Honeywell Aerospace working as a Reliability/Maintainability/Safety Engineer