Jessica Adams
Senior Process Engineer
NXP Semiconductors

“The challenge of improving quality, reducing costs and increasing delivery speeds on leading edge automotive safety products fuels my passion for process improvement in semiconductor manufacturing. Moreover, building products that reduce car crashes and save lives is extremely rewarding; especially when working with so many talented individuals.” 

 Jessica is a recognized engineering leader at NXP Semiconductors, a Netherlands-based company providing secure connectivity solutions for clients worldwide. With 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries, NXP relies on the kind of detailed planning, strong collaboration, clear communication and impeccable execution Jessica provides. She works very well with customers, suppliers and also across all levels within NXP, from the highest levels of management to the shop floor. Recently, Jessica was selected to lead a critical and complex cost reduction team. Many suppliers needed significant development and many businesses were highly resistant to the necessary changes, but through Jessica’s diligent effort, education and collaboration, she provided accelerated results and reduced risk. Based on previous projects, NXP had estimated these changes would need a year and a half to achieve; the new process Jessica pioneered and implemented achieved even better results in only 19 weeks.

Last year, Jessica recognized an attrition issue amongst new college graduate hires across the factory and took the initiative to find out why. Having identified that there was a training gap with the fresh-out and intern programs, she led an effort to build a collaborative training program. This program has held over 75 classes and is now being employed by multiple NXP factories. Jessica also reinvigorated the flagging NXP Women’s Leadership Team, securing funding and establishing more networking and continuing education events. The team is now thriving with a threefold increase in membership.

In addition to her deep commitment to NXP, Jessica has made significant volunteer efforts in her community. She is particularly passionate about animals and has been a regular volunteer for the Austin Humane Society since 2002. The fundraising events she’s organized, ranging from casino nights to wine tastings, have attracted many new volunteers and raised more than $25K. Jessica has also been a volunteer at the Women Engineering Program at the University of Texas since 2002, which includes mentorship and volunteering at Girl Day at UT Austin each year.


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