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Larry Robinson

Business, Aeronautical Science, Aviation Technology '80

Senior Engineering Manager, Display Applications, Rockwell Collins

Q. What are you doing now?

“I am one of 12 managers in a department of approximately 170 engineers. The team I manage consists of 14 engineers (including three LeTourneau University alumni) involved in a variety of flight display and related systems for business, regional and commercial aircraft.  One of our high-profile projects is the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.”

Q. What do you like best about your career?

“I love working alongside of some of the brightest engineers in the avionics business.  Other rewarding aspects of the job include seeing new products move from concept to delivery, having an impact in requirements capture and design of these products, working with customers and partners and recruiting/grooming new talent.  I'm thankful for an employer who encourages me to maintain professional contact with LeTourneau University.”

Q. How did LeTourneau University prepare you?

“The corporate cultures of Rockwell Collins and LeTourneau University are similar in that both were founded by self-educated technical geniuses who rose to global industrial prominence by supplying strategic technology to the Allies during WWII.  To this day, innovation, integrity, passion to win and life-long learning are foundational values to both entities.  I believe the commonality of these values is somehow related to the career success LeTourneau alumni enjoy at Rockwell Collins.”

Q. What are some special memories of your time here at LeTourneau University?

“The most special memory from my time at LeTourneau is meeting my wife, Pat, at a local Bible study in 1975.  Other special memories include the amazing lifelong bonds forged through pledging LAS.  Finally, the six years I was privileged to serve on faculty, the ‘ Man's Dryer,’ maritime research with Sean Fortier, hugs from Dave Scroggins, Niel Roesler's eternal smile and hundreds of other students who blessed me daily.”

Q. What advice do you have for students in the aeronautical science program?

“Culinary advice: Eat at Bodacious Barbecue. Technical advice: Never leave a P-lead disconnected and torque B-nuts immediately when installing.  Don't mess with impulse couplings and refuse to work on old Mooney’s. Philosophical advice:  The aero science department uses aviation to teach about life. Sounds corny, but it's real. The technical curriculum, though outstanding, accounts for just a sliver of your future career success. Values make up the rest. You can get the technical stuff at those other schools, but not the values.  It turns out that life is full of P-leads and B-nuts. Your aero science profs will help you make that connection if you let them.

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