Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

Chris McCarroll

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

Chris McCarroll, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Raytheon-UML Research Institute

With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of semiconductor and electromagnetic technology, Chris McCarroll is a director of engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and the technical director for the Above Water Sensors (AWS) business area. In his AWS role, he helps lead several new radar system pursuits, including the modernization of the SPS-49 radar system, the upgrade of the TARTAR family of X-band continuous wave illuminators, and future developments for the SPY-3 Multifunction Radar. McCarroll also serves as co-director for the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) where he helps lead operations and research for the institute, including research projects, faculty and students. He is directly involved with institute proposals for CRAD (contract research and development) funding and other grants.

“Throughout my career, I have helped develop future technologies for the military,” McCarroll relates, when discussing his current role. “My deep interest in semiconductor physics came through exposure to classes, faculty and research at UMass which led to my first job in industry. The exposure to how this very small technology can enable advanced systems, like the SBX and SPY-3 radars, drove me to deeply understand electromagnetics and eventually help in the design of these systems.”

Prior to his current roles, McCarroll was acting director for the IDS Electrical Design Directorate, Technical Area Director for Multifunction Radio Frequency Systems at Raytheon Corporate, department manager for the Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit and Module Design Group, and section manager of the Solid-State Electronics group. “My career path has always been driven by my curiosity of physics, doing challenging research and advancing technologies with that research,” McCarroll states. “I made it to the position of engineering director because I like working with teams (getting more done with many minds) and helping fellow employees get educated and progress in their careers.”

Another, rather unique position of note in McCarroll’s career was his three-year appointment as principal engineer for the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer Combat System at Raytheon Australia where he was in charge of systems integration, test and modeling throughout the design phase of the program. Also while in Australia, he started research work with the universities and was instrumental in establishing a Weather Radar Research Center at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He also won an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant for research in the areas of networked radars, severe weather and bushfire detection and surveillance.

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