Sharon O’Neal recently retired as an engineering director at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. Over the course of her 33-year engineering career, she has held a variety of roles and responsibilities including:

  • Real time embedded software development for complex products developed by Raytheon systems engineering, including system security engineering and systems architecture
  • Technical expertise and leadership
  • Program Management for several programs in excess of $100M
  • Capture management, including proposal development and win-strategy development
  • Functional leadership and setting strategies for very large engineering organizations
  • Mentoring engineers at all levels

Before retiring, O’Neal was the Software Engineering Center director for more than 500 multi-disciplined engineers. She is very active in leading change across multiple engineering disciplines within the RMS Engineering Directorate and was heavily involved in several initiatives at RMS including: multi-disciplined agile transformation, automated test initiatives, and cyber/software assurance maturation. She was the first female at RMS to achieve the distinguished technical classification of senior fellow engineer.

O’Neal has extensive program management experience and led very sophisticated and complex development programs through the Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of development. She is a certified systems architect, certified SW architect, certified agile scrum and product owner, and is also certified in scaled agile framework (SAFe).

In 2016, O’Neal began preparing for her transition from industry to academia by teaching engineering classes at the University of Arizona. Her goal is to share her wealth of experiences with next generation engineers and help them start industry careers.


  • MS Computer Engineering - University of Southern California
  • BS Computer Science - California State University