Harris Corporation Celebrates National Engineers Week; Honors Chief
Technologist Mark Graham with Prestigious Fellow Award
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- February 18, 2013
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information
technology company, will celebrate National Engineers Week, February 18-21, by
recognizing its 6,000 engineers at events at Harris locations and announcing
awards for significant technical and engineering accomplishments during the
Throughout the week, the company will conduct technology demonstrations,
seminars, and contests designed to highlight innovative thinking. Featured
guest speakers include Dr. Patrick Simpkins, director of engineering, NASA,
and Greg Martin, director of operations, Royal Caribbean. Students and faculty
from local public high schools also are invited to attend presentations, tour
Harris facilities, and hold career discussions with Harris engineers.
“National Engineers Week is a great opportunity to highlight engineering
achievements and the contributions of engineers throughout the year,” said R.
Kent Buchanan, Harris chief technology officer and vice president of
Technology Pursuits, Harris Government Communications Systems. “We are proud
of our talented engineers who enjoy making a difference, both for our
customers and in mentoring and volunteering to inspire future engineers.”
As part of the week-long events, the company named Mark Graham the 2013
recipient of the Harris Corporation Fellow Award – the company’s highest
recognition for engineering achievement. Graham, a chief technologist with
Harris’ Government Communications Systems segment in Palm Bay, Florida, will
be honored at the company’s annual Fellows Banquet on March 7.
Graham is an industry expert in developing world-class network system
architectures that are used in mission critical government and commercial
communications solutions. He played a significant role in shaping the
proposals for three major Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contracts
awarded to the company during the past year. He also led the implementation
team for the new Harris Trusted Enterprise Network offering that enables
organizations to move massive amounts of data securely over a nationwide,
high-capacity terrestrial communications network. Graham has a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics from West Georgia College and has authored multiple
papers related to FAA technology, for which he has received several awards
from the Air Traffic Control Association.
“Mark’s accomplishments in support of the National Airspace System are
legendary, and he is considered a national asset by the FAA,” said John
O’Sullivan, vice president, Mission Critical Networks, Harris Government
Communications Systems. “His unique talent of bringing highly practical
solutions to virtually any complex communication systems challenge is
unsurpassed, and we consistently look to Mark when we face a difficult
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100
professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is
dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce
by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology
careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and
science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of
engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951 by the National Society
of Professional Engineers, it is among the oldest of America's professional
A high resolution photo is available at Mark Graham.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company
serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5.5
billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees — including 6,000
engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications^® products, systems, and services. Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.
Sleighton Meyer, 321-727-6514
Harris Government Communications Systems
Jim Burke, 321-727-9131
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