Mary Herndon

Mary Herndon

Engineering Fellow, Technology Area Lead (TAL) Mechanical, Materials and Structures

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

Mary Herndon, Ph.D, is an Engineering Fellow in the Materials Engineering Department in the Mechanical Engineering Directorate at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). In addition to her background in semiconductor processing and electronic materials, Dr. Herndon is a subject matter expert in nanocomposites and coating technologies. 

Dr. Herndon joined Raytheon  in January 2006 and was named the the Technology Area Lead for Materials and Mechanical Structures in June 2014.  In this role, she is responsible for planning IDS advanced materials and structural design technology development.  Herndon works closely with Universities and Technology companies to implement next generation mechanical and materials technologies in Raytheon products. 

During her tenure at Raytheon, Mary has implemented novel optical techniques for material characterization and served as the Materials Engineering lead for Zumwalt, Patriot and other programs.  Mary has led multiple Advanced Materials and Innovation projects for Raytheon IDS including sensor design for chemical and explosive detection, RF metamaterial development and nanocomposites for various thermal and sensing applications.

Before joining Raytheon, she spent six years working at start-up companies, where she managed a wafer fabrication lab and specialized in transitioning engineering 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.