Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

Craig Armiento

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

Craig Armiento, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Raytheon-UML Research Institute

Since 2011, Craig Armiento has held the dual role of engineering fellow in Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML). Armiento is co-director of the Raytheon-UML Research Institute (RURI), which was formally established in 2014. At UML, he serves as director of the Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC), which is working to develop the supply chain for printed electronics. He is also the director of the UML Center for Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics (CPEN).

“I came to Raytheon IDS in September 2011 on a one semester sabbatical,” Armiento begins. “My goal was to apply additive manufacturing to the development of printed, flexible electronics that could be employed in future Raytheon systems. I wanted to develop a joint research partnership between the university and Raytheon that was different from the standard interactions with academia. The interest in developing a joint research partnership has been made practical by continuing to stay at Raytheon as a part-time contributor after my sabbatical ended. The ability to continually interact with Raytheon engineers and leadership has been instrumental in establishing, nurturing and managing the Raytheon-UML research partnership.”

Armiento served as the UML ECE Department Chair from 2005 to 2011. His areas of expertise include printed electronics and antennas, photonic devices, printable electronic materials, advanced packaging, hybrid integration and radio frequency identification. Prior to joining the faculty at UML, Armiento worked for more than 20 years in the research and development industry, leading research projects at GTE Laboratories (now Verizon) on projects such as Fiber-to-the-Home (now FiOS), silicon waferboard optoelectronic hybrid integration, optoelectronic device fabrication and gallium arsenide integrated circuits (GaAs ICs). He was also director of Optical Networking at Lightchip Optical Networks Inc.

When asked how his role supports Raytheon and the missions of its customers, Armiento noted: “As a result of collaboration with my Raytheon colleagues, we have created the RaytheonUML Research Institute. The institute, which is located on the UML campus, provides Raytheon with access to campus technologies and expertise that can be applied to existing research and development projects and new pursuits. RURI is now established as a resource for printed electronics that Raytheon engineers and scientists can use (along with UML faculty and students) to test out additive methods of developing flexible electronic systems.”

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