MELBOURNE, Fla. and ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE :HRS ), an international communications and information technology company, has named Mark Thompson, a senior scientist with the RF Communications Division, as recipient of the Harris Fellow Award for 2011. The Harris Fellow Award is the company's highest recognition for engineering achievement. Thompson will be honored at the Fellows Banquet on Monday, March 21, in Melbourne, Fla.
Thompson is being recognized for his expertise and ongoing contributions to sustaining Harris' position as the leading provider of military tactical communications around the world. He has played an instrumental role in the development of the company's renowned Falcon family of radios, which are widely fielded by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense as well as ministries of defense in more than 100 countries.
In his 28 years with Harris Corporation, Thompson has worked on a wide range of radio communications products and systems. He has contributed to the development of innovative solutions for receivers and synthesizers. His interests are in the design of radio system architectures and in the application of statistical methods to design.
"Mark Thompson has made significant contributions to the success of Harris RF Communications. He is a great leader and mentor in our engineering community and the work he and his teams have done has greatly advanced the technology in the field of tactical voice and data communications for our customers around the world," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications.
Thompson received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also holds master's degrees in electrical engineering and systems engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and Florida Institute of Technology, respectively. In addition, Thompson is currently working on a master's degree in applied statistics, also at Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Dianne, have two children: son, Chris, 25, and daughter Colleen, 23.
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Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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