Sept. 2010 – Becoming a Real System Engineer – Ron Carsten

Topic: Becoming a Real System Engineer

Speaker: Mr. Ron Carsten, Raytheon (Tucson, Arizona)

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010


  • 5:30 p.m. CDT — Dinner & Networking.
  • 5:50 p.m. CDT — Short Chapter Meeting.
  • 6:00 p.m. CDT — Featured Speaker & Topic (45 min. Presentation, following by 10-15 min. Q&A Session).
  • 7:00 p.m. CDT — Adjournment.

Locations: You may attend at any of our North Texas meeting locations, or you may attend remotely.


A “real system engineer” (RSE) is more than someone who can flow down requirements and manage specifications and data products. The RSE is someone who has internalized the development process; someone who is a walking, talking sensitivity analysis; someone who literally holds the whole system together. How do you get to that level of experience and capability? What training do you need, and what assignments should you be seeking? Plan to attend this briefing to learn how you can grow to be one of the most valuable members of the engineering team: an RSE.

Speaker Biography:

Ron Carsten is the Chief Engineer for Missile Systems.  He is a Raytheon Senior Principal Engineering Fellow with over 40 years of missile system development for the company.  Ron has served at all levels of functional management, as well as program chief engineer and technical director, spanning design, flight test, and production of several major missile programs.  He holds a BEE from The Cooper Union in New York City, and an MSEE from the University of Massachusetts. Ron is a member of Raytheon’s Engineering Program Leadership Council and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He also serves on the College of Science Advisory Board for the University of Arizona, and as the Raytheon Campus Executive for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University.


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