Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

Jean Huie Imholt

Engineering Profiles

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Hector Reyes
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Jeff Hoffner
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Al Coit
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Jean Huie Imholt
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BJ Simpson
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Engineering Profiles

Jean Huie Imholt Integrated Defense Systems Principal Multi- Disciplined Engineer

Since joining Raytheon six years ago, Principal Multi- Disciplined Engineer Jean Imholt has been working on the development of optical ceramic YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) material for application in high-power solid state lasers and infrared trans­parent windows.

Imholt has also led numerous internal research and development projects around nanomaterials, including nanocomposites for thermal and EMI applications and the alternate environmental barrier coating for panel arrays. She recently supported the AN/TPY-2 Radar Sub-Systems integrated product team to mitigate obsolescence and refresh/redesign a high-speed recorder system.

As a graduate student in chemical engineering, Imholt worked on synthesis, processing, and characterization of various nanomaterials span­ning from carbon nanotubes, quantum dots and nanoparticles. Before Raytheon, she worked at a small nanotech company developing nano­composite coatings. “With this background, my transition into the Materials Engineering group at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems seemed almost natural,” Imholt said. “IDS’ Advanced Materials group is a world-class technology leader in advanced materials development. When working in the lab, it felt like I was back in gradu­ate school, only all of the equipment actually worked as it should!”

Imholt had never worked with ceramic materi­als before joining Raytheon, but she believes her background helped her meet this new challenge. “My family moved to the U.S. from South Korea when I was 15, and I did not speak the language or understand the culture.” She credits strong personal discipline and work ethic for helping her meet the challenge, graduating at the top of her high school class and summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. “My philosophy is that hard work always pays off.”