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MSE Special Seminar: "Advanced Materials at Raytheon Technologies", Mary K. Herndon (Hosted by Dr. Julia Hsu)

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Raytheon Technologies is one of the world's largest aerospace and defense companies, with 195,000 employees and $74 billion in annual sales.  Raytheon Technologies draws upon nearly 200 years of experience in defense and aerospace, with a legacy of innovation that includes the first airborne radio, the magnetron that revolutionized radar, the first GPS signal and the highest-resolution image of Earth ever captured.  Innovation in materials, mechanical engineering and manufacturing is key to supporting the warfighter’s needs, and is supported by thousands of scientists, engineers and technologists with a diverse set of skills.  This presentation will highlight a range of advanced materials technologies, and the challenges with transitioning these capabilities into defense systems.


Mary K. Herndon is an Engineering Fellow on the Materials Engineering Technical Staff in the Mechanical Products Team at Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD). Mary has a background in semiconductor physics, including processing and characterization of electronic materials. 

Dr. Herndon joined Raytheon in January 2006 and was named Technology Area Lead for Mechanical, Materials and Structures in June 2014.  In this role, she is responsible for planning and technology development for advanced materials and structures at RMD.  Herndon works closely with Universities and technology companies to implement next generation mechanical and materials technologies in Raytheon products.  Mary is co-director of the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI), coordinating research on printed electronics and additive manufacturing for RF applications.  In 2017, Dr. Herndon was named Corporate Technology Champion for Mechanical, Materials and Structures.  Reporting to the Corporate Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Technology Champions are responsible for providing long term shaping of corporate technology strategy across all business units.

During her tenure at Raytheon, Mary has implemented novel optical techniques for material characterization and served as a Materials Engineering lead for Zumwalt, Patriot and other programs.  Mary has led multiple Advanced Materials and Innovation projects for RMD including sensor design for chemical and explosive detection, RF metamaterial research and development of printed electronics materials and processes.

Before joining Raytheon, she spent six years working at a start-up company, where she managed a silicon MEMS fabrication lab and specialized in transitioning electronic packaging processes to volume manufacturing.  Mary received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics with an Emphasis in Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines in December, 1999, working within the Center for Solar and Electronic Materials and collaboratively with partners at the National Renewable Energy Lab.   

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students



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