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Rochester Engineering Society Honors Nine L3Harris Employees

Communication Systems
Apr 26, 2022 | 15 MINUTE Read

Founded in 1897, RES recognizes local engineers for outstanding community service. It also celebrates activities that promote engineering excellence and leadership in the Rochester area. 

John Nieto, Senior Scientist and Senior Fellow from L3Harris Technologies, was selected as the 2021 Engineer of the Year.

Five L3Harris employees were honored as finalists for the 2021 Young Engineer of the Year Award:

  • Sage Keefer, Senior Supervisor, Software Engineering
  • Megan Smith, Specialist, Software Engineering
  • Maura Chmielowiec, Senior Specialist, Systems Engineering
  • Lydia Hays, Senior Associate, Software Engineering
  • Joseph Majkowski, Lead Engineer, Antennas

Three additional L3Harris employees were selected as 2021 Engineers of Distinction

  • Jarrod Adams, Scientist, Electrical Engineering
  • Jacob Hillmon, Scientist, Electrical Engineering – Multi-Channel Products
  • Alan Pilecki, Director of Engineering & Chief Engineer, HF Products

2021 Engineer of the Year

John Nieto, Senior Scientist & Senior Fellow

John Nieto

John Nieto, Senior Scientist and Senior Fellow with L3Harris Technologies, is an internationally-recognized expert in Beyond Line-of-Sight and Line-of-Site communication systems and waveforms. He joined L3Harris in 1985, and today is responsible for tactical radio system development with an emphasis on digital signal processing and waveform design and development.

Nieto has played a key role in the development of approximately 75% of the current U.S. Military and NATO standards for High Frequency (HF) radio communication systems and waveforms. In addition to the HF band, Nieto has developed various other military waveforms for use in Very High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency and Long bands.
Nieto is the inventor and coinventor of 72 patents, author and coauthor of 67 technical papers and is a coauthor of the ARTECH House textbook, “Third-Generation and Wideband HF Radio Communications.”

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and has completed post-graduate courses in adaptive signal processing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Nieto is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the High Frequency Industry Association and participates in many U.S. Military Standard Technical Advisory Committees and NATO Standardization Agreement development working groups.

2021 Young Engineer of the Year Finalists

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2021 Engineers of Distinction

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