•Most Promising Engineer Advanced Degree – Master’s•
Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer
Space and Airborne Systems
Education: M.S. and B.S., materials science and engineering, University of Florida.
When Veronica Marie Boesen was a child growing up in Orlando, she had no idea that her eventual career would be in any way related to her abuela’s background as a chemistry teacher in her native Cuba. As a multi-discipline engineer in the Hardware Engineering Center at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Ms. Boesen’s work with adhesives has cemented that bond with her grandmother in an inextricable manner.
Ms. Boesen was an excellent and active student, excelling in math and science when she wasn’t busy setting records in track and field or serving as the captain of multiple sports teams. She credits an organic chemistry course at the University of Florida for inspiring her to become a materials engineer. While still an undergraduate UF, she worked in a nanotribology lab, where she developed an interest in the surface science of multiple materials like hydrogel contact lenses, dry lubricants, and single crystal carbides.
Before her senior year, she interned at Siemens Energy’s failure analysis lab, where she learned many materials engineering foundational analysis techniques. This experience gave her a solid footing in the field, something that impressed Raytheon, where she was soon hired as a materials engineer in a similar capacity. Her contributions to identifying and remedying the causes of non-conforming cable harnesses saved Raytheon nearly $100,000 and increased successful manufacturing ratios dramatically. Soon, she was awarded the Raytheon STAR Award as Most Promising Engineer-Undergraduate.
Later, Ms. Boesen’s work on process improvement for a digital transponder product line resulted in the process being named a “Trade Secret,” and her implementation of multiple cost-reduction initiatives, including the deployment of a laser marking system, have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings for Raytheon. As regulatory lead for the SAS Global Substance team and a key member of the Enterprise Regulatory team, her responsibilities include management and assessment of incoming worldwide regulatory changes impacting Raytheon product or delivery.
All of her achievements at Raytheon have earned Ms. Boesen over 20 awards at the company, including multiple Individual and Team Achievement awards, as well as Stellar, Spot, Innovation, Disclosure, and Operations awards highlighting her excellence, collaborative abilities, and inventions. She has published numerous papers on subjects, from rapid cure adhesives, to light guide systems integration, to alleviating design flaws through shared manufacturing techniques. She’s also shared her innovations in presentations at multiple symposiums.
Ms. Boesen’s supervisory skills extend beyond the confines of Raytheon, with continuing leadership roles at the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) and the Florida chapter of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA). She also served as a member of the Florida Diversity and Inclusion Council.
With an extended family still in Cuba, Ms. Boesen and her family continue to support them with regular gifts of basic necessities often unavailable to them. She continues to make her parents and her abuela proud through her outstanding career achievements and proud community activism.
-By Vinnie Longobardo