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Jennifer Braggin


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in northern New Jersey.
My father was an engineer and my mother had a Ph.D. in philosophy, and they both encouraged my sister and me to explore math, science, and the natural world around us.
I gravitated toward math and sciences classes throughout middle school and high school.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
While working for IBM, I decided to get my master’s degree in engineering science—I love learning and knew the degree would enhance my skills, so going back to school seemed right for me.
After becoming a manager, I wanted to learn more about good management and leadership practices, so I decided to get a second master’s degree in engineering management.
I currently work as a divisional technical communications manager for Entegris, which is a supplier for the semiconductor industry.
In addition to working for Entegris, I’m also a lecturer at the Tufts Gordon Institute at Tufts University, where I teach a course in engineering leadership.
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High School
Materials Science and Engineering
Lehigh University
Engineering Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Engineering Management
Tufts Gordon Institute


Technical Communications Manager, Microcontamination Control Division

I combine semiconductor manufacturing knowledge and communications skills to help my organization learn and grow.

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others

Day to Day

My day begins with reviewing requests that have come in overnight from colleagues in Asia. These can be requests for information, or help seeking training, or edits to a newsletter. Throughout the day I'll have meetings with different teams, either focused on creating training, working on messaging for a product launch, or editing technical publications for conferences. I might even go into our recording studio to work with a subject matter expert on recording a video explaining their research.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

There is no one path into the semiconductor field. Physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering—they all apply!


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Engineers are men."