Bill Parkins completed his role of Principal Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer at Rockwell Collins Australia on 30 June 2018.
Bill had a 25 year career in the Royal Australian Navy progressing from a Naval Artificer Apprentice to the role of Assistant Director, Naval Communications Design with the rank of Commander GLENWE. Academic training while in the Navy included a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering with 1st Class honours and University Medal from UNSW, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from UNE and a Master of Engineering by research from UNSW.
A second career in industry began in 1988 built on the foundations systems engineering and management background from the Navy. Bill worked in several companies in Systems Engineering, Technical or Project management roles. Companies included Andrew Australia, Telstra Applied Technologies, Rockwell (later Boeing) and back to Rockwell Collins. Projects included the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar Network (JORN) High Frequency radar, ANZAC Ship Combat and Communications Systems, Defence High Frequency Communications System Modernisation (HF MOD) Project and Collins Class Submarine Communications Systems.
Bill was at Rockwell Collins Australia for nearly 6 years, responsible for managing systems integration activities for teams of systems and software engineers actively developing C4ISR solutions for projects, principally in the Australian Defence Land Systems domain.
Bill was a foundation member of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and is currently the President. He has been an INCOSE member since 1993 and is certified as an Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP). Bill regularly conducts tutorials and workshops and participates in technical panels at SESA and INCOSE events. Bill’s ongoing professional interests include coaching and mentoring systems engineers and project managers and promoting initiatives for early career and women in systems engineering development.