Sharon O’Neal is an Engineering Director I at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. Over the course of her 34 year career, she has held a variety of assignments including program management, functional management, technical management and mentoring engineers at all levels. Most recently, she was the Software Engineering Center Director for more than 500 engineers. She was the first in her family to earn her college degree. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University in 1984. She earned a MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991. Sharon has started teaching senior level classes at the University of Arizona, and plans to continue working with university level students after her upcoming retirement from Raytheon.
Among her many passions, Sharon has been very proactive and dedicated to reaching out to school age children in her community to foster a better understanding and appreciation for the math and science disciplines. Twelve years ago, she originated and established a major outreach program in Tucson held annually called the Math Science and Technology Funfest (MSTFF) that unites hundreds of scientists and engineers from many different companies and affiliations across Tucson to bring their love for math and science to life for the community’s children. Since its inception in March 2003, more than 75,000 school age children from all socio-economic backgrounds have benefited from this event.