Heritage Month Spotlight: Neil Jadhav, Cubic Corporation
May 20, 2020
Senior Director of Data and Analytics
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE INDUSTRY?
I am an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer with an MBA. Prior to Cubic, I enjoyed working with big tech companies such as Adobe and Qualcomm. The missions of Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies have always been important to me. For example, the mission of keeping everyone safe while constantly innovating for a better future of the planet through advancement of various communications and related technologies. That’s why when Cubic Corporation, one of the leading integrators of technology for A&D, reached out to me for a role within their corporate team, I knew that it was the right step in my career.
DESCRIBE YOUR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AT YOUR COMPANY:
In my current role, I am Senior Director of Data and Analytics for Cubic. I lead Cubic’s disciplines for Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) globally. I am also the San Diego chapter leader of the Cubic Asian Pacific Alliance (CAPA) employee resource group. I advocate and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives through leading meetings and events for CAPA members in San Diego.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?
I truly enjoy being part of Cubic since innovation and technology are at the nexus of our core principles. The most rewarding aspect is to see our technology used by various defense agencies and customers worldwide. We do this by simulating game-based training environments for our military customers to improve their skills and preparedness. Another example would be when our highly portable GATR antennas are used for natural disaster response to establish immediate communication networks for our partner agencies such as FEMA.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
My inspiration comes from connecting people and helping everyone win as a team. Internally at Cubic, I like to devote time in connecting people of various backgrounds through events. I truly think that diversity is an important ingredient of innovation. Employee Resource Groups and hackathons at Cubic are great platforms to achieve and make various connections. Outside of work, I like to be involved in San Diego’s tech community, mentoring young technology experts as well as connecting and learning from my network of peers from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
WHY IS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MEANINGFUL TO YOU?
Innovation needs ideas, ideas need out-of-the-box thinking, out-of-the-box thinking needs broader perspectives, and broader perspectives emerge from diverse backgrounds. Cubic celebrates diversity which means that each person is treated with respect for who they are and valued for the work they do. In today’s socioeconomic paradigm, diversity and inclusion are the secret sauce for any company’s success.
WHAT ADVICE TO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE?
Be curious and relentless. Success is often just around the corner when most people decide to quit. The A&D sector provides infinite opportunities for innovation and advancement in technology. This sector is at the cutting edge and has produced the most technological innovations known to the modern human race. Just Google, “How was the internet created?” or, “How was GPS created?” You will find that it all links back to the A&D sector. In my opinion, I believe you will find a lot of success, fulfillment, and sense of belonging to the mission when you work for A&D employers.