WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is proud to congratulate Rebecca Rhoads, president, Global Business Services (GBS) and chief information officer, on her induction into California State Polytechnic, Pomona, College of Engineering's 2014 Hall of Fame. Appropriately, the public hall of fame event will be held today on National Engineers Week's "Girl Day."
Rhoads is one of 22 inductees and among only four women in this year's hall of fame class for the Cal Poly engineering school. View a full list of 2014 inductees at: http://www.csupomona.edu/~engineering/giving/inductees_2014.pdf
"During Rebecca's 35 years with Raytheon, she has excelled as a leader, role model and mentor who consistently gives back as an engineer," said William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. "We are thrilled that she is part of the inaugural Engineering Hall of Fame and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."
With two Cal Poly engineering degrees (bachelor's and master's in electrical engineering), Rhoads rose through the Raytheon ranks to CIO and on to her present elected officer position, leading GBS to improve company services and customer solutions. She is also the company's diversity champion, leading its Diversity Council, and has been an active advocate in encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"If my example and this honor serve for anything, it is to underscore the tremendous opportunity for women in all areas of engineering, and how they can lead innovation, be creative and make a difference," said Rhoads. "For me, making a difference in support of a mission that I believe in – helping our military and its allies – has been undeniably rewarding."
For more on Rhoads' career and a downloadable image, visit: http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/feature/rtn14_rhoadseng.html.
About Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering and Hall of Fame
Part of an ongoing celebration of the university's 75th anniversary and the college of engineering's 55th anniversary, the Hall of Fame marks the college's second major anniversary event, with the remaining initiatives focused on student retention and diversity and enhancing leadership development for engineering students.
Founded in 1957, Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering maintains one of the most recognized engineering programs in the country. Its undergraduate program ranks third nationally among public universities, master's category, according to the U.S. News & World Report and also boasts the largest mechanical engineering and civil engineering program in all of California. For more information, please contact the College of Engineering at (909) 869-2513 or email the college at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 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 cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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