Thomas Reed

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Sr. VP of Technology, Bliley Technologies, Inc.
Feb 2016 – Present

With an 85 year legacy in the high performance frequency control market, Bliley is undergoing a transformational change to prepare for the next 85 years. I've been tasked to lead the technology strategy and help the company break into new markets and applications. When I first heard of the opportunity, it really 'resonated' with me... #GetIt?

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Contributing Author, Microwaves & RF Magazine
Aug 2016 – Present

When I joined Bliley, admittedly, I didn't know much about Frequency Control. But like a good engineer, I began to read and learn more and more. One of the best ways to learn is to teach, so we began generating content for our company site to help others learn the ins and outs of all things frequency control. Most recently we have partnered with MWRF.com to share our thoughts on innovation, engineering, and the frequency control industry with a broader audience.

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Head of Research and Development, Harris Corporation
Jul 2015 – Feb 2016

With a positive track record managing the innovation portion of Harris' R&D portfolio, I was offered the opportunity to manage the entire R&D portfolio of one of Harris' new operating segments, Electronic Systems. With a diverse portfolio of over 75 projects, we worked closely with teams spread around the world. Combining R&D operations from both companies, we focused on the smooth integration of R&D management practices and reporting. I also learned a ton about electronic warfare! #BoxesWithConnectors

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Integration Management Office, Harris Corporation
Mar 2015 – Jul 2015

While brief, this important role gave me a glimpse into what it takes to manage and integrate two multi-billion dollar companies. I focused my energy on harmonizing our corporate policies and procedures, as well as ensuring the smooth integration of major corporate functional teams. This was also my first experience working with big time consultants. #McKinseyCo

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Innovation Manager - Research & Development, Harris Corporation
Oct 2013 – Mar 2015

Through my leadership of our early stage innovation projects, we drastically increased the number of ideas submitted by our engineers, and the percentage of projects that transitioned into our businesses. By pulling concepts from startup incubators, we accelerated innovation and improved employee engagement. And I got my Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. #ContinuousImprovement

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Business Process Analyst, Harris Corporation
Sep 2012 – Oct 2013

With this role I was able to combine two professional passions, automation and analytics to create the company's first set of completely automated management dashboards. The assignment culminated with me leading a multi-disciplinary team to design and build our division's first data warehouse. I also taught myself SQL!! #NerdPoints

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Project Engineer, Harris Corporation
Jul 2011 – Sep 2012

Project management can be difficult, project management on a Cost Plus government contract takes it to a whole new level. During this time, I lead several teams to execute ahead of schedule and under cost. It was here that I gained an appreciation for earned value management and an even deeper appreciation of what it takes to "stay compliant" without adding unnecessary process. #FAR #DCMA

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Manufacturing Engineer, Harris Corporation
Jul 2010 – Jun 2011

In virtually every organization that does both design AND manufacturing, there is a disconnect between the two. This role gave me an opportunity to work on other side of the fence. I used my previous experience and connections to influence more collaboration between design and manufacturing. I also got to build some really cool phased array antennas destined for outer space! #SpaceIsHard

Microelectronics Engineer, Harris Corporation
Jun 2008 – Jul 2010
Defying physics was common practice for Harris' microelectronics group by the time I joined. Here I was able to design some of the most innovative circuits and packaging concepts of my career. With components smaller than a grain of sand and wiring thinner than a human hair, I also spent a lot of time looking through microscopes. #WaferScaleIntegration #3DIC

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