Mary Herndon

Mary Herndon

Raytheon UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI)


Sr. Principal Engineer, Raytheon Integrated Defense System


Mary Herndon is a Sr. Principal Engineer at Raytheon who joined the Materials Engineering Department in MED in January 2006. Mary currently serves as the Technology Area Lead for Materials and Mechanical Structures at IDS. During her tenure at Raytheon, Mary has implemented novel optical techniques for material characterization, co-chaired the Emerging Materials Technology Interest Group, and served as the Materials Engineering lead for various Zumwalt, Patriot and other programs. Mary has led multiple Advanced Materials and Innovation projects for Raytheon IDS. She currently serves as Chair of the Mechanical, Materials and Structures Technology Network (MMSTN) and was previously the Corporate Technology Area Director for MMSTN. 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.