Rockwell Collins announces 2018 Class of Fellows

2018 Class of Fellows

The Rockwell Collins Fellows Class of 2018 includes: (from left) Warren Prasuhn, Patrick Morrissey, Joe Graf, Karl Shepherd and Joel Wichgers.Click to enlarge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 14, 2018) - Five Rockwell Collins engineers have been named to the fifth annual class of Rockwell Collins Fellows at a special ceremony yesterday with company leadership and members of the first four classes of Fellows.

Implemented in 2014, the Rockwell Collins Fellows program distinguishes exemplary engineers whose leadership, innovations and technical expertise — along with their dedication to mentoring others — advances Rockwell Collins and their respective fields.

The Class of 2018 Fellows are:

  • Joseph Graf, principal systems engineer in Airborne and Ground Communications Products for Government Systems in Cedar Rapids
  • Patrick Morrissey, senior security engineering manager for Commercial Systems Cyber Security Engineering in Cedar Rapids
  • Warren Prasuhn, principal systems engineer in Safety Programs and Process for Commercial Systems in Cedar Rapids
  • Karl Shepherd, principal systems engineer in Airborne Solutions for Government Systems in Cedar Rapids
  • Joel Wichgers, principal systems engineer in Precision Positioning and Guidance for Engineering & Information Technology in Cedar Rapids

“Our Fellows are helping our company achieve industry-changing moments, historic wins and barrier-breaking technology that’s yet to come,” said Nan Mattai, senior vice president of Engineering & Information Technology. “I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

Graf is a leader in advancing the technologies and capabilities around software-defined radios. He is a recognized communications theory and communications systems expert across the industry in influencing the architectures and designs of the next generation of software-defined radios. His work has been published multiple times in several industry conference papers and he has developed a number of courses for Rockwell Collins employees.

Morrissey is instrumental in evolving the process for developing secure digital edge devices to ensure those products remain resilient to cyber attacks. He brings his deep expertise in this topic to regulatory bodies and international industry groups to enhance awareness about how processes and operations should adapt to address cyber security threats.

Prasuhn is a leader in developing and providing industry guidance for safety processes in civil airborne systems and equipment. He served on the committee responsible for creating several aerospace recommended practices (ARP) for aircraft safety in design, and has been dedicated to ensuring air safety in the industry for more than 30 years.

Shepherd is a leading technical expert in emerging open systems architecture standards and in the advancement of automation and autonomy technology. Through his work as a systems architect, he adds value to capture teams by understanding and analyzing customer challenges and developing creative solutions that address them in markets served by Rockwell Collins.

Wichgers is a recognized technical expert across the international community in communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems as well as precision approach and landing guidance systems. His leadership and technical contributions developing such systems and their standards has enabled transformation of the air transportation system resulting in significant improvements to operational efficiency and safety.

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. To find out more, please visit

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