Aerospace and defense industry executive to deliver engineering lecture

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding


Steven F. Dwyer, chief operating officer for the Rolls-Royce Corp. facility inIndianapolis, will deliver a talk in the University of Notre Dames Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series at12:50 p.m.Friday (Nov. 17) in the DeBartolo Hall auditorium.

TiltedAerospace: Cutting-edge Technology, Gut-wrenching NegotiationsÂ…A Career Worth Having,the lecture is designed primarily for engineering students but is free and open to the public.

During his lecture, Dwyer will review recent innovations in the aerospace industry with a special focus on defense products. He also will discuss what is on the horizon and what the public can expect to see in the next 20 years. He will conclude his presentation with a description of career opportunities in the aerospace and defense industry.

A 20-year veteran of the industry, Dwyer assumed his current role in 2004. Prior to his installation as chief operating officer for theIndianapolisfacility, he served as president of defense for Rolls-Royce North America and was responsible for program management, including the development and execution of aftermarket strategy.

Dwyer also has served as general manager of AlliedSignal inGreer,S.C., where he successfully directed the $200 million manufacturing facility to nearly double its volume and achieved double-digit improvement in productivity. He also championed a 360-degree team environment that resulted in an 80 percent sales growth over a two-year period. Earlier Dwyer served as Allieds director of finance and business systems, a position in which he was responsible for all finance information systems, business development and material functions, including total budgeting, capital planning, resource planning and financial reporting.

Prior to Allied, Dwyer was director of contracts, pricing and internal audit for Textron Lycoming inStratford,Conn., where he served on a team that successfully secured a $1.4 billion long-term contract with the Army to provide a propulsion system for the nations main battle tank.

Rolls-Royce, a leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, employs approximately 37,000 people in more than 50 countries. TheIndianapolisfacility is a $1.8 billion company with more than 4,000 employees; it is known for its propulsion systems, which power aircraft such as the C-130J, V-22 Osprey and Joint Strike Fighter .

The Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series exposes students to engineers who have achieved at the highest levels in their specific fields. Speakers from various disciplines are featured throughout each academic year to give students an overview of the diverse opportunities available in engineering and to provide them with a better understanding of the role of engineering in society and the impact they, as engineers can have.

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