Technical Director and Principal Engineering Fellow
Dr. Jay Lala is a Raytheon Principal Engineering Fellow. His current responsibilities include Tech Director for Raytheon’s Cyber Range, Tech Director for Cyber Enterprise Campaign, and Cyber Tech Area Lead for Integrated Defense Systems. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Mass.
Dr. Lala is responsible for leading the cyber resilience testing of Raytheon’s products, including weapon systems. As the Tech Director for the Cyber Operations, Development and Evaluation (CODE) Center, he sets the company guidelines and standards for cyber testing and evaluation. In his other two roles, he guides the Company’s Cyber R&D investments.
Dr. Lala is an internationally-recognized expert in real-time and mission-critical systems. His focus is on research & development, system architecture and design, with special emphasis on mission assurance properties such as fault-tolerance and cyber-resilience.
Prior to the Tech Director role, he served as a Department Manager overseeing an engineering organization that he helped establish in Arlington, VA, with responsibilities for systems engineering of large, complex programs.
Prior to Raytheon, Dr. Lala’s experience spanned non -profit R&D (Draper Laboratory), academia (MIT), and US Govt Science & Technology (DARPA) institutions.
As a DARPA Program Manager, Dr. Lala initiated and executed highly successful programs in Information Assurance & Survivability to protect the nation’s computer systems and networks from cyber attacks.
At Draper Laboratory, his technical accomplishments included a number of fault-tolerant system architectures for real-time, mission- and safety-critical applications for NASA and the DoD. Noteworthy examples include a swim-by-wire control system for the US Navy’s Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarines, and a fault-tolerant parallel processor for NASA’s X-38 Crew Return Vehicle which now also controls the Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft. While at Draper Lab, he was also a thesis advisor for a number of MIT graduate (SM and PhD) students.
Dr. Lala has served on many US Gov and Academic advisory panels and commissions, including the Defense Science Board task force on Defensive Information Operations, GPS Modernization Panel, and US Gov Delegation to India on countering cyber terrorism. Since 2006, he has also co-chaired the External Advisory Board of TRUST, the NSF S&T Center in Cyber Security led by UC/Berkeley.
Dr. Lala has five patents in fault-tolerant computing. He has widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, edited books, contributed chapters to books, and has been invited to author papers and make presentations at international conferences, with over 60 publications to his credit.
Dr. Lala has Doctor of Science (Instrumentation) and Master of Science (Aero & Astro) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology with Honors (Aeronautical Eng) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Dr. Lala was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2003 for contributions to the security of nation’s networks. He was honored by the International Federation for Information Processing in 2015 with the Jean-Claude Laprie Prize. He was elevated to Life Fellow of IEEE, January 2016, and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Dr. Lala is a certified Raytheon Six Sigma™ Specialist.