Portrait of Michael Reed


Michael Reed

M.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Ocean Engineer Degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

President, Power & Control Systems

L-3 Communications


Mr. Reed is the President of Power and Control Systems Sector of the Marine & Power Systems Group at L-3 Communications. This sector is comprised of the following L-3 companies: Power Paragon Inc. (Anaheim, CA), SPDES (Philadelphia, PA), Westwood (Tulsa, OK), Maritime Systems (Leesburg, VA, Newburyport, MA, and New Orleans, LA), MAPPS (Canada, UK, and India), and Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems (Poway, CA, Houston, TX, and Brazil). The Sector provides advanced automation and electromechanical systems for critical Marine & Power Systems applications to include: integrated electric power conversion, distribution, and propulsion; command, control, communications, computing, and navigation (C4N); vessel monitoring and sensing systems; dynamic positioning systems; and, power plant simulators. His business areas of responsibility include U.S. Navy, International Navies, and Offshore Commercial applications.

Prior to joining L-3, Mr. Reed was with General Atomics serving as a Senior Vice President for the Advanced Technologies Group and the Survivability Group, and President & CEO of GA Electronic Systems, Inc. His program and product areas at GA included: electromagnetic aircraft launch & recovery system (EMALS), advanced arresting gear, railgun, other advanced electric technology programs, advanced process systems, bio-fuels, thin-film processing, aircraft systems support, advanced materials, advanced capacitors, radiation monitoring systems, and synthetic aperture radar.

He retired from the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty officer having achieved the rank of Captain. His active duty assignments included USS Saratoga (CV-60) and tours at the Naval Sea Systems Command, Board of Inspection and Survey, and Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, ME, and Pascagoula, MS. He was the Director of Design for the Navy’s DDG-51 Class Aegis Destroyer Program and Navy Program Manager for a newly established Integrated Electric Drive Program Office.

He holds an Ocean Engineer degree and a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Mr. Reed was born in Greenville, SC, and was raised in central Iowa in the town of New Sharon. He is married to Sheila Reed and they have five children.

SDSU Affiliations:

  • College of Engineering – Advisory Board