Jody Podpora Raytheon Company
Software Engineering Manager 16800 East Centretech Parkway
Raytheon Company Aurora, Colorado
Intelligence, Information 80011 USA
and Services 303.720.8330
Jody Podpora is currently a software engineering
manager with Raytheon. He has been an engineering
manager with Raytheon since December 2011.
Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and
61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and
innovation leader specializing in defense, civil
government and cybersecurity markets throughout the
world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.
Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS)
business unit is a leader in intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; advanced cyber solutions; weather and
environmental solutions, and information-based
solutions for homeland security. It also provides training,
logistics, engineering, product support, and operational
support services and solutions for the mission support,
homeland security, space, civil aviation, counter-
proliferation and counterterrorism markets.
Podpora manages the Space Vehicle Control Software
Team, a highly dynamic group composed of twenty-five
software engineers. His team is designing and
developing software that is critical to the functionality of
the next generation GPS (Global Positioning System)
ground control software system, known as GPS-OCX.
When fielded, the GPS-OCX system will be the most
comprehensive software and hardware upgrade made to
the GPS constellation in 20 years, with a strong focus on
cybersecurity, anti-jamming technologies, control system
automation, and increased accuracy of the civilian
Podpora joined Raytheon in 2006. He is a graduate of
Raytheon’s elite Rotational Engineering Leadership
Development Program (RELDP, Class of 2008).
He has held a series of roles of increasing
responsibility across several business units, including
separate assignments within Integrated Defense
Systems (IDS) in Massachusetts, Indiana, and
Germany; and within Intelligence, Information and
Services (IIS) in both Washington, DC and Colorado.
Podpora is Raytheon EVMS (Earned Value
Management System) Level 2 certified. He possesses
over seven years of hands-on control account
management and project leadership experience across
several major defense programs, directly managing
budgets ranging between $12 million and $47 million.
He is also a Raytheon-certified defense contract
In March of 2014, he was named to Raytheon’s list of
high-potential employees, officially designating him
among the top 3% of performers within Raytheon’s
workforce across all salary grades.
A native of Buffalo, NY; Podpora graduated with
honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT) in Rochester, NY with both a bachelor’s degree
in computer engineering technology and a master’s
degree in computer science. While at RIT, he served
two terms as the elected student senator of the College
of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and was
appointed by faculty to the Institute Appeals Board as
a student justice. Podpora was also selected by RIT
leadership to serve as the commencement speaker for
his college’s graduating class.