Dean's Lecture Series

The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Dean’s Lecture Series brings STEM innovators and thought leaders together with students and faculty to share wisdom, inspire discovery, and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit to help build a prominent school of engineering and science. 

2023 Special Lecture

Technologies within Electronic Warfare at L3Harris

Jennifer Lewis, Eva Bica-Winterling, Drew Trainor and Paul DeLia(Pictured left to right) Jennifer Lewis, President, Electronic Warfare; Eva Bica-Winterling, General Manager, Mission Solutions, Electronic Warfare; Drew Trainor, Sr. Director/ Chief Engineer, Electronic Warfare; and Paul DeLia, Director of Strategy Business Development, Electronic Warfare

This talk focuses on technologies for Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations in a contested spectrum environment, also known as Electronic Warfare. We will discuss the challenges that operating in a contested electromagnetic environment presents, and the realities driving the acceleration of these capabilities. In addition, we will explore the technologies that are being developed to address these challenges and how they integrate into an electronic battlespace.

Watch the recording>

About the Speakers:

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis is President of Electronic Warfare for L3Harris Technologies. Lewis is responsible for strategy, financial performance, execution excellence and growth for the Electronic Warfare sector. The portfolio includes electronic and radar systems across the airborne, maritime and ground domains. Prior to this role, Lewis served as vice president and general manager for the F-35 Mission Avionics division for production, as well as Tech Refresh 3 (TR3) development and transition to production. The TR3 subsystems include the Aircraft Memory System, Panoramic Cockpit Display and Integrated Core Processor – all of which a  game-changing critical infrastructure upgrade to enable future warfighter capability against next generation threats. Lewis led the completion of development through safety of flight testing and transition to production. Lewis joined Harris Corporation in 2018 as vice president of Engineering for the Electronic Systems segment. After the merger with L3 Technologies in 2019, Lewis served as vice president of Engineering for the $5.4B Integrated Mission Systems segment of L3Harris Technologies. In this role, she was responsible for integrating the engineering function of ~5,700 engineers delivering a portfolio of C5, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting solutions across all domains.

Eva Bica-Winterling

Eva Bica-Winterling is the General manager, Mission Solutions, Electronic Warfare for the Space and Airborne Systems segment of L3Harris Technologies. Mission Solutions includes a portfolio of electronic warfare and radar systems across the airborne, maritime, and ground domains. Winterling assumed this position in late 2019 and is responsible for the program execution and financial performance of the division. Additionally, her responsibilities include internal research and development portfolio management and project selection, as well as new business capture that supports the strategic growth goals of the division. She reports to the President, Electronic Warfare.

Drew Trainor

Drew Trainor is the Electronic Warfare (EW) sector Chief Engineer. In this role, he leads engineering and manages technology investments for the sector’s programs delivering EW products to domestic and international customers. Trainor is based in Clifton, NJ. Most recently, Trainor served as the General Manager of the Electronic Defensive Solutions (EDS) division leading its portfolio of development, production, and sustainment programs.  Prior to this role Trainor was Enterprise Leader for EW Rotary programs and before that in program management in Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) leading the Global Positioning System (GPS) programs including satellite payload and ground control systems.

Paul DeLia

Paul DeLia’s 40-year professional career includes serving as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group’s Aerospace practice, CTO for DataRobot’s defense and intelligence sector and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for L3 Technologies, a $11B global Aerospace and Defense company. Over his career, he has been the Chief Technology Officer and also held the position of Vice President in charge of a multifunctional technical organization with responsibility for engineering, product development and R&D.

Past Speakers

2022 Dean's Lecture Series:

Transforming State-of-the-Art Science into Technologies for Global Applications

William McGann, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer, Quantum Computing Inc.

Watch the recording >

2021 Dean's Lecture Series:

BioEngineering of Human Tissues

Joe Yaccarino '88

President and CEO, MTF Biologics

2020 Dean's Lecture Series:

Fighting COVID-19 with Innovation—A Race Against Time

Pam Cheng '92 M.Eng. '95

Executive Vice President for Global Operations and Information Technology, AstraZeneca

Watch the recording >

2019 Dean's Lecture Series:

Breaking Human Interaction Barriers – AI, HoloLens and Beyond

Dr. Xuedong Huang

Chief Speech Scientist, Technical Fellow in Cloud and AI Lead of Speech and Language Group, Microsoft

2018 Dean's Lecture Series:

Engineering to Benefit Humanity

Dr. Robert E. Fischell

Physicist and Inventor