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2013 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems & Technology
15 - 18 October 2013 Waltham, Massachusetts USA
Welcome Reception Speaker:  Dr. Ellen Ferraro
Dr. Ellen Ferraro is the Director of Systems Architecture, Design and Integration Directorate (SADID) within Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Engineering organization.  She was appointed to this role in October, 2010. The SADID organization has more than 1200 people across the US who are responsible for all aspects of systems engineering including requirements definition, modeling and simulation efforts, system effectiveness and operational analysis and algorithm development. Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) has locations across the globe. 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, robotics and other advanced technologies. With 2012 sales of $5 billion, 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 in 1994, 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 been involved in the analysis of scattering and propagation over the ocean. She has also investigated spread clutter mitigation techniques for enhanced small target detection as well as the use of expert system technology to aid in the counter-drug mission. 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 in 1994 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 previously 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 and the SWE 2007 Emerging Leaders Award.