William Vance McCollough

Adjunct Professor‌William Vance McCollough

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering (concentration in electro-optics and signal processing), University of Rhode Island, 1977
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 1974
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (with honors), 1969

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After receiving his PhD Dr. McCollough joined Raytheon Company as a systems engineer.

From 1984 through 2002 he worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company in Denver CO (merged with Raytheon in 1997) where he did work in satellite meteorological data processing and system engineering.  He also held various positions of increasing seniority in line management, business and proposal development, and IR&D project management.  During this time he was also an adjunct professor at Denver University where he taught the capstone design course, image processing, signals and systems, and system engineering. He also served on the industrial advisory boards of Denver University and the University of Colorado Denver.

In 2002 Dr. McCollough transferred to Santa Barbara Remote Sensing where he served as the chief engineer for ground processors and system test equipment for several advanced weather satellite systems (now operational).

In 2004 he transferred to Raytheon in Portsmouth RI where he served as the manager of the systems engineering technical staff and project manager for several corporate-wide technology management projects.  Throughout his entire industrial career he taught in-house courses in signal and image processing, earned value management, system engineering, and employee development.  He retired in 2013.

Dr. McCollough is a senior member of IEEE and a member of SPIE.  He is also a Program Evaluator and Commissioner for ABET, the head of the SPIE accreditation subcommittee, and the head of the IEEE CEAA mentoring and training subcommittees.

Areas of Interest

  • Business and Proposal Development
  • Engineering Education and Accreditation
  • Image Processing
  • Systems Engineering