Raytheon BBN Technologies awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation
in White House ceremony
President Obama presents organization with nation's highest technology honor
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon BBN Technologies has been
awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for "sustained
innovation through the engineering of first-of-a kind, practical systems in
acoustics, signal processing, and information technology." President Barack
Obama presented the medal in a White House ceremony Friday.
The National Medals are the highest honors that the U.S. government bestows
upon scientists, engineers and inventors. The National Medal of Technology and
Innovation recognizes individuals and organizations for making lasting
contributions to America's competitiveness and quality of life and for helping
to strengthen the nation's technological workforce. Raytheon BBN President Ed
Campbell accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
"Raytheon BBN Technologies has been a unique organization since its founding,"
Campbell said. "I am honored to represent the men and women who, over the
decades, have given their intellectual energies to solving some of the
important technological challenges facing our nation. For the President of the
United States to recognize our work with a National Medal, that is the
ultimate honor for our company." Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).
Raytheon BBN's legacy of innovation in the areas recognized by the award
includes identifying flight patterns to reduce jet engine noise in residential
areas, reducing submarine noise underwater, and devising software for
battlefield simulations, communications and computer networks.
Through the years, Raytheon BBN has been at the forefront of innovation. The
organization developed packet switching and, with Department of Defense
funding, launched the ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet, in 1969.
Recently, Raytheon BBN has developed Boomerang, an acoustic sniper location
system that has been widely deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Raytheon BBN has
also helped to eliminate language barriers by developing a hand-held
translation device called TransTalk that allows our soldiers and aid workers
to converse naturally with local people in other countries. Today, Raytheon
BBN scientists are working on tomorrow's breakthroughs in areas such as
quantum information processing.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 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 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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