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Celebrating our Nation’s Engineers: Meet the Young Professionals Making a Difference

In honor of National Engineers Week (February 18-24), the Aerospace Industries Association is proud to highlight 15 engineers who are making a difference in the aerospace and defense industry. Trained in colleges and universities across the United States, these engineers are working on critical products that are taking us to new heights, ensuring our safety […]

Young A&D Professional: Christy Roof

Systems Engineer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company B.S., University of Texas at Arlington, Aerospace Engineering M.S., Southern Methodist University, Systems Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? I began my college studies with plans to be a math teacher, but when I was taking Calculus, my professor […]

Young A&D Professional: Tonia Dinh

Process Engineer The Boeing Company, 3 Years B. S. Weber State University M.S. Purdue University When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Science, Math and Technology have been my interest since I was young. I was always curious to know how things work, how they were put […]

Young A&D Professional: Troy Lambert

Systems Engineer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? I decided to take STEM courses in high school. After doing many STEM-related after school activities in middle school, I decided to find a high school curriculum that supported this new interest. I applied […]

Young A&D Professional: Mark Goolsbay

Aeronautical Engineer Lockheed Martin Company When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Growing up in a family of engineers, I was born with a curious mind. When I was old enough to start learning about how the world worked, I immediately asked the question “but why does […]

Young A&D Professional: Yasmine Straka

Mechanical Engineer Raytheon B.S., University of Arizona, Mechanical Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Who was most influential in your decision making? When I was a high school junior, I wanted to pursue in college a degree in the arts – specifically, music and creative […]

Young A&D Professional: Kayla Dunn

Systems Integration Project Engineer UTC Aerospace Systems B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Both of my parents are engineers so I was predisposed to a love of math from birth, but wasn’t entirely interested in the field until I […]

Young A&D Professional: Emma Mitchell

Graduate Development Program Engineer Rolls-Royce, N.A., 1 Year B.S., University of Virginia, Aerospace Engineering What do you find exciting about your area of focus or your specific job at Rolls-Royce? The most exciting part of my job is having the opportunity to learn something new in various areas of the business every day.  In flight […]

Young A&D Professional: Ann Khidekel

Aerodynamics Engineer UTC Aerospace Systems, 6.5 Years B.S. Ohio State University, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering 1. When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? I was always interested in math and science from an early age. After visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when I was in […]

Young A&D Professional: Sarah McClain

Manufacturing Engineer LAI International B.S., University of Southern Maine “Before coming to LAI, I spent two years as an undergraduate research assistant, one year as a machinist in the university’s engineer shop, and 20 years building with LEGOs!” When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? In high […]

Young A&D Professional: John Rugg

CCA Design Engineer Harris Corporation, 1 year BS, Florida Atlantic University, Electrical Engineering What do you find exciting about your area of focus or your specific job at Harris Corporation? I love being a design engineer, first and foremost, because of the opportunity to see and work on new technologies. The technical problems that arise […]

Young A&D Professional: Sarah Olsem

Senior Systems Engineer Rockwell Collins, 8 years B.A., Wartburg College, Mathematics, M.S., Purdue University, Engineering Management What do you find exciting about your area of focus or your specific job at Rockwell Collins? I have the privilege of developing new technologies for our military GPS products, which not only builds upon a long-standing history of […]

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