STEM Professional of the week

Carla Maria Sayan      

Carla Sayan was born in Lima, the capital and largest city of Peru. At the age of 17, she moved to the United States with her family. Today, Carla is an engineer, innovator and mentor at Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Carla’s experiences within Raytheon have made her a force in the areas of next generation information systems, systems engineering, embedded software design and cryptographic applications. She has established herself as a technical expert and has shown great capabilities of handling the most complex efforts in serving Raytheon’s military customers.

Currently, Carla focuses on agile system technologies working with cross functional teams on a suite of solutions that enable great value and new capabilities for our customers. Carla builds relationships externally as well with her contacts with universities and other research institutions. She is often sought after for assessing technologies that can be further develop. Due to her passion for research and development, Carla is pursuing a Ph.D.  in Electrical and Computer Engineering  at University of Arizona. 

Always remembering her Inca legacy and strong family roots, Carla is committed to making improvements in her community and has established multiple programs for developing women and minorities in engineering and technology.  She leads the RWEST Raytheon Women in Engineering, Science and Technology development program, aimed at intentionally developing technical leaders and accelerating technical readiness. Additionally she is involved with various educational outreach, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives in her community.  

She certainly loves her day job, but Carla will still continue to volunteer, mentor and share her experience with others every chance she gets. “Technology inspires me every day, but so does mentoring, and hearing those stories,” Carla said. “It inspires me when I see that others are willing to achieve so much, when they have so little. And it inspires me when I see that people are doing whatever it takes toward motivating others around them. Never underestimate the impact that you may have on someone else.”

Carla is also a recipient of the 2014 National Most Promising Engineer of the Year Award, 2014 RMS President’s Excellence Award, 2012 RMS President’s Trailblazer Award and multiple individual achievement awards. Additionally, her professional memberships include: INCOSE, IEEE, SHPE. Carla graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors from the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University in Arizona. She is currently a second year doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering College at the University of Arizona. Carla considers herself a forever student, constantly learning and attending numerous seminars and expanding on new research areas.

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