• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
As a Software Development Program Manager for the Secure Sensor Solutions organization in the Space and Airborne Systems division of Raytheon, Carmen Frias is responsible for three software development programs within the F/A-18 Radar Product line. This includes the critical insertion and development of new capabilities into the Operational Flight Program software for delivery.
She is responsible for multiple capabilities in different phases of the product life cycle, from development to production to deployment. Her primary customer is the U.S. Navy, and she is directly responsible for more than 50 employees including engineers and finance analysts, as well as contracts and configuration management.
As a program manager, Ms. Frias is responsible for setting the program vision and executing it, growing her portfolio, meeting the schedule and overseeing financial responsibilities of the programs. She works to lead by example while motivating and empowering individuals into high performing, diverse roles.
In addition to her program management role, Ms. Frias is part of the Raytheon hiring team, she continually goes on-campus to recruit diverse talent for the company. In 2018, she received an award for her ability to attract top diverse talent while exceeding the hiring goal for the company.
Conscious of the mentors who have helped her grow and shape the leader that she is today, Ms. Friasvolunteers as a mentor for the University of Southern California’s First Generation College Student Mentor Program, USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Alumni Mentorship program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s College and Mock interview workshops, and Raytheon Engineering Week activities. In addition to these STEM volunteer activities, she also volunteers at the Los Angeles Food Bank and Relay for Life yearly events.
Ms. Frias’s determination and work ethic was apparent when she began working full-time while she was still in high school – something she continued to do throughout her educational career. A packed schedule didn’t stop her from becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor’s degree from USC followed by a Master’s in Electrical Engineeringfrom Cal State Los Angeles. She credits MESA, SHPE, and Great Minds in STEM for helping her attain the level of achievement that she has reached today.