Technology Today

2012 Issue 2

Jennifer Cormack

Engineering Profiles

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Mark Hebeisen
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Terry Stevenson
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Jennifer Cormack
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Tony Ponsford
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Teh-Kuang Lung
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Premkumar (Prem) Natarajan
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Engineering Profile

Jennifer Cormack
Silicon Carbide (SiC) New Technology Manager, Raytheon UK

As the SiC New Technology Manager for Raytheon UK, Jennifer Cormack is responsible for leading SiC semiconductor business efforts. Being part of a commercial business within Raytheon, Cormack and her team develop leading edge SiC device technology for manufacturers of discrete power semiconductors, as well as for Raytheon's own high-temperature process.

Cormack studied integrated engineering (mechanical and electrical) at Fife College in Scotland. Prior to joining Raytheon, she worked for a large semiconductor company in equipment development and yield improvement, which provided her initial background and experience in semiconductor processing.

Cormack joined Raytheon in 2001 as a process engineer. From there, she progressed to become head of process engineering. While at Raytheon, Cormack continued her education, receiving her MBA in 2008, with distinction, from Napier University. This prepared her well for her current role — driving new technology development in the silicon carbide business, working directly with the business lead.

Commenting on key experiences in her career, Cormack notes that, "Throughout my time in process engineering, I held a variety of roles and took on operations management tasks." During this time, Cormack and her team successfully reduced customer returns and increased process yields. She then took on a lead role for developing the SiC business and strategy. Cormack adds, "Moving from a technical role into more of a business front, customer-facing role made for a steep learning curve, but it had a successful outcome leading to the advancement of SiC manufacturing technology and the achievement of industry records for high-temperature performance."

When asked for advice on finding success at Raytheon, Cormack points out that you must "Have the correct team players around you. You can't solve everything on your own!"

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