Christine Thayer is a Principal Dry Etch Process Engineer in the Advanced Development Technology group at Micron Utah, where she is responsible for the transfer and development of next generation 3DXpoint memory technologies. As a transfer engineer, she is responsible for bringing new technologies from R&D to manufacturing. Christine is widely regarded as the transfer expert at Micron Utah, after successfully transferring two generations of 3DXpoint memory – the first new memory technology introduced to market in over 30 years. As a process engineer, she led a cross-functional team within manufacturing and R&D to simplify the process flow, dramatically improving yield and saving tens of millions of dollars. This work required significant innovation and generated a technical paper which won best overall process presentation at Micron Utah’s technical conference. Christine has co-authored three additional papers, another of which won best presentation in its topic section. Her skills and accomplishments enabled her recent promotion to Principal Engineer, making her the first female principal engineer at Micron Utah.
Outside of her technical role, Christine co-initiated the creation of Micron Utah’s Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) in 2017 and served as president for two years. Through the Women’s ERG, she was a key contributor in organizing and executing an onsite summit with local speakers to highlight the importance of mentoring, networking, outreach, and growth and their ties to increasing diversity and inclusion. Christine also serves on the Technical Leadership Program (TLP) Mentoring Committee. She is the first and only female to hold a leadership position within Micron Utah’s TLP, helping to pave the way for women’s technological engagement and leadership.
Christine graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Originally from Denver, she currently lives in Sandy with her husband and two dogs, where they welcomed their first child, a son, in September. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and hiking.