Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

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Engineering Profiles

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Peter Kampf
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Chad Spalt
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Amanda Rickman
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Jeff Shubrooks
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Aaron Shin
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Laura Vogt
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Craig Armiento
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Chris McCarroll
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Krista Gumiela
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Engineering Profile

Amanda Rickman
Manufacturing Technology Area Director, Corporate Operations

Since May 2015, Amanda Rickman has been the Corporate Manufacturing Technology Area Director (TAD), responsible for the collaboration and innovation of manufacturing across the enterprise. Several fields of emphasis include additive manufacturing, advanced testing, visualization in manufacturing and model based manufacturing. Raytheon’s Technology Focus Areas (TFAs) as well as the Raytheon Innovation Challenge (RIC) are fueled by the needs of the business unit technical directors, which tie directly to Raytheon’s customer missions. “Our success,” Rickman states, “as well as that of our customer, depends on our capacity to deliver effective solutions to technically challenging problems.”

Prior to her current role at Corporate, Rickman spent 14 years as a process engineer for Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), supporting the Advanced Products Center. During this time, she took on manufacturing support roles of increased responsibility, including the development of non-hermetic advanced coatings; capital coordination; and participation in IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries — and the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap). Her latest role before taking on the Manufacturing TAD position was section manager for the Hardware Engineering Center in Dallas.

Some of Rickman’s earliest work at Raytheon began as a concept, as part of an IRAD (Internal Research and Development) project. “Being part of a technology leap from its infancy to qualification to full-scale manufacturing over the course of a decade has been a unique experience,” Rickman reflects. “Seeing ideas go from science experiments to viable manufacturing processes has driven my desire to stay involved in development and innovation.”

Rickman’s current Manufacturing TAD role keeps her involved in cutting-edge innovation within the industry while also allowing her to support the current manufacturing needs in the factories. Something which she is very keen to do: “Having the opportunity to support both production and IRAD projects early in my career has given me a larger perspective of the needs of the business. Understanding that IRAD and other development efforts feed the factories has helped me to see the entire manufacturing life cycle and allowed me to apply that knowledge in my current role.”

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