Ronald E. Cross
Engineering Functional Management Team Director
L3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training
M.S. Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1990
B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1979
Ron Cross holds an BS degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a MS in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He has 35 years of experience in engineering design and management with 25 years in the Aerospace/Defense Industry working for Lockheed Martin (Orlando, Florida) and L-3 Com (Arlington, Texas). His program Experience also includes the management of hardware, software and systems engineering personnel through the use of Integrated Product Development Teams in the design and development of telecommunication shelters (CNCE), LANTIRN Test Equipment, Simulators, and other device specific processor driven products. Development experience spans the design and implementation of processor boards, memory boards, LRU’s, subsystems, and systems through the entire life cycle (pursuit and capture, Program Kickoff, SRR, SDR, PDR, CDR, I&T, formal test, program closeout and product retirement).
Ron has led both large and small engineering organization with the last being at L-3Com as a Director of Engineering where he led the FMT organization with as many as 600 engineers in its core group. He has significant experience in architecting and managing organizations with associated metrics, achieving SEI CMMI Level 4 certification, improving and standing up engineering processes through Kaizen Events while leveraging Lessons Learned. He also has jointly led efforts that resulted in achieving ASE 9100C certifications.
Ron has been an active supporter of the colleges and universities in the community participating as an Adjunct Professor since 1994 (Seminole State College, UCF – Florida, and recently at UTA in Arlington Texas). He has been an active member of UTA’s College of Engineering Board of Advisors since 2006. Ron believes that giving back to the community through an active participation in the development of our next generation of engineers and engineering management will ensure that America will always be able to rise to meet that next great challenge.
Ron presently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife of 40 years, Lucinda. She is a graduate of UTA holding a master’s degree in Education.