G. (Hans) Demmel, Ph.D.
Sr. Manager Systems Engineering
Raytheon Missile Systems
As I began to think about college and career choices while in
high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in
an Explorer's program that introduced careers to high school students.
One of the careers that I was introduced to was Industrial Engineering
(IE). What inspired me about IE during this experience was the breadth
of choices available to IE's. I can still recollect covering the
planning and scheduling involved in analyzing optimum strategies
for emergency response vehicles, the concept of computer simulation
modeling to analyze complex engineering and business systems, and
optimization of manufacturing production processes.
Looking into universities that offered an IE program, I stumbled
onto one that was right in my back yard, RIT. Not only did they
offer an IE program, it was a co-operative education program. What
better opportunity than to obtain a college education along with
practical work experience. What this combination offered me was
the ability to build a solid educational foundation, augmented with
practical experience. The IE curriculum allowed me to develop an
interest in computers, computer modeling, and software development.
The technical and practical foundation I achieved at RIT enabled
me to pursue a successful graduate school experience, and enter
the work force in computer integrated manufacturing. Over time I
was able to leverage this experience into software development in
the defense industry, and ultimately into computer modeling. Due
to the breadth of the IE profession, I was able to continue to build
upon these opportunities, and today I have the privilege of leading
a multi-disciplined team in Systems Engineering.
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