Harris Corporation Celebrates EWeek to Recognize Engineers and Inspire a New Generation of Innovators

February 22, 2016


  • Celebration coincides with company's 120-year anniversary of innovation
  • 40 percent of company employees are scientists and engineers
  • Company invests heavily in R&D and STEM education initiatives

MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2016 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) today kicked off a week of events and awards to recognize its scientists and engineers around the world and to help inspire a new generation of innovators.

Harris, which marks its 120-year anniversary of innovation this year, has joined leading companies, government agencies and educational and professional organizations celebrating National Engineers Week. EWeek was launched 65 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers to kindle student interest in technology careers using real-world examples and education.

Throughout the week, Harris will host ceremonies recognizing the many contributions of its 9,000 scientists and engineers. The company has named five employees as recipients of its highest recognition for engineering achievement – the Harris Corporation Fellow Award. The honorees are:

  • Dr. Robert Fiete for advancing technologies in optics, photonics and imaging, which are widely used in defense, intelligence, and environmental sensing applications

  • Dr. Paul Griffith for his role as principal architect in developing technologies that dramatically improve the timeliness and accuracy of data used in weather forecasting

  • Tom Hengeveld for driving advancements in Harris' family of land mobile radios, which are used extensively by first responders and professional communicators worldwide

  • Dan Kikuta for introducing ground-breaking technical approaches that advanced radar systems used in defense surveillance and air traffic management

  • Dr. Lynn Ailes-Sengers for defining roadmaps for next-generation capabilities that leveraged multiple technologies used across a broad range of disciplines

The company also is hosting a series of informative seminars, team building events, and competitive activities at its various facilities — including structural design and software coding competitions. Learn more at http://harris.com/eweek2016/.

"Technical innovation is at the core of our company's past, present and future. EWeek provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important contributions of Harris scientists and engineers to the success of our customers and our corporation," said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "During EWeek, we also celebrate the diversity of Harris engineering talent around the globe, and look to inspire emerging engineers. I encourage everyone – engineers and non-engineers alike to become a part of this global celebration."

About Harris Innovation
Founded in 1895 based on an innovative printing press design, Harris has transformed into a top-10 defense contractor and an industry leader in technologies for defense, space, weather, air traffic management and electronic warfare. Throughout its history, the company has introduced a long list of notable technology innovations, including the world's first automatic and four-color printing presses, the Washington-Moscow hotline, GPS navigation space antennas, multi-band military radios, and advanced air traffic management and weather forecasting solutions. (Harris video) Today, 40 percent of its employees are scientists or engineers and the company invests an industry-leading percent of revenues in R&D to develop advanced, mission-critical solutions for its customers. Harris also is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives that encourage future innovators.

About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers' toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.

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Jim Burke
Harris Corporation