Young A&D Professional: Justin Morinishi

Electrical Engineer
Cubic Global Defense
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, San Diego

When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering?

When I was younger, I wanted to be an inventor. I had a journal of ideas that I had jotted down from time to time. Ideas ranging from a mag-leved train to a table with a lazy susan built into it. When it came time to choose my career path, the choice was easy. Be a modern day inventor, by becoming an engineer!

Who was most influential in your decision making?

My family. I grew up in a family of engineers: dad was an aerospace engineer, mom was a software engineer, older sister works in bioinformatics and younger sister is a civil engineer. As a family, we would do a lot of science-related activities together. We would spend days at the California Science Center and spend our nights setting up our telescope to watch the Perseid meteor showers. We were never pushed towards any particular career path, but one way or the other we all ended up in an engineering discipline.

What do you do in your job?

I am an electrical engineer for Cubic’s Ground Training Systems. I am the electrical design lead on a program developing training solutions for anti-tank missiles and an automatic grenade launcher. I also lead a Cubic R&D program to develop more realistic training solutions for our armed forces.

Why do you like your job?

Every day is a new challenge! I come to work excited to learn new things and to make strides toward improving our training solutions. Cubic is a great place for young engineers to cultivate and expand their skillsets. I’m grateful that I work at a place that provides so many opportunities for young, motivated engineers.

Any advice to young students wanting to pursue a career in engineering and enter the aerospace industry?

Never stop improving. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new and push yourself to be better. Keep that in mind in school, in work and in life. You will find that there is no limit to what you can accomplish!