MAE Seminar – Leadership Lessons from the Flight Deck


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MAE-A Room 303
939 Sweetwater Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611


Leadership Lessons from the Flight Deck

Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 12:50 pm
Location: In-Person MAE-A, Room 303

Bill “Roto” Reuter, CAPT, USN (Ret)
President and CEO, R-Squared Solutions

Leadership Lessons from the Flight Deck – Catapult to Success

In order to thrive as engineers in the workforce, it is crucial to be “holistically equipped.” This means you need to understand what an Ideal Team Player consists of in order to be part of and eventually lead a high-performing, cohesive team. This discussion will equip you to “catapult” yourself to success in the workplace by being aware of the DNA of an “Ideal Team Player” who can fit in a high-performing team.

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Bill “Roto” Reuter grew up in Key West, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1984, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program.

Roto dreamed of flying in space since witnessing first-hand the Apollo 11 moonshot, but instead became a Navy strike-fighter pilot and lead test pilot, having commanded the Strike Flight Test Squadron (VX-23) before his assignment in 2008. Roto then reported to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division’s Executive Officer and subsequently the Commanding Officer from 2010-2012. During his tenure, Roto led the 1200-personnel this command through the most transformational change in its 65-year history from a fixed-funding fiscal model to a working capital fund model while leading and instituting the Four Disciplines of Execution and the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership as part of a holistic strategy to develop people in order to scale the organization’s execution and its mission accomplishment.

Upon his retirement in June 2012 after 28 years of Naval service, Roto founded R-Squared Solutions LLC, a full-spectrum consulting firm specializing in leadership and executive coaching, high-performing organizational development, and DoD/federal industry business development. Leveraging his partnerships with world-renowned authors and speakers such as John Maxwell and Patrick Lencioni, Roto has successfully coached leadership teams in dynamic organizations in the fields of leadership, execution, and organizational health with clients that include both small and large businesses in defense, federal, and commercial sectors.

Roto has over 3,000 hours of flight time in 33 different aircraft, of which more than 2,100 are in the F/A-18. He has been awarded two Legion of Merits, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal. His degrees include a Master’s and Post-Master’s (Engineer’s Degree) in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master’s in Business Administration from IMPAC University. He is a member of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Roto is very committed to serving the Central Florida community and is involved in a variety of organizations that focus on the community’s growth, veteran well-being, and support of the Navy, to name a few. He serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Navy League Council of Central Florida, while serving as Past President of the Samaritan Resource Center for the homeless and the Past President of Florida Defense Contractors Association. In 2018, he was honored to be inducted into the Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

MAE Faculty Host: Mary Church


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UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering