Award-Winning Mechanical Engineer Lives Out Childhood Dream of Building Rockets

By Brandon Hartman

Get to Know Amy Jo Moore: Winner of the Society of Women Engineers' Distinguished New Engineer Award

It was in elementary school when Amy Jo Moore knew that she wanted to build rockets when she grew up. Not everyone is lucky enough to live out their childhood dream, but today, Amy Jo works on various missile programs with Northrop Grumman and couldn’t be happier.

Amy Jo Moore Receives Award
Amy Jo Moore (right) received the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2018.

Amy Jo is currently the mechanical engineering department manager for the Engineering and Systems Integration Operating Unit in Ogden, Utah, leading a department of more than 100 mechanical engineers working on multiple missile programs in Utah and California.

Amy spends most of her time as a technical contributor on the ground subsystems support contract launch control center block upgrade program, responsible for the design, manufacture, test and requirement verification of the oxygen regeneration unit replacement. This unit provides a breathable atmosphere in a contained environment.

“I’m doing the kind of important work I’ve always wanted and working with some amazing people on top of that,” says Amy Jo, who has worked for Northrop Grumman since 2010.

Amy Jo’s love of her work shows in her performance, and it was because of this that she was recently awarded the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Distinguished New Engineer Award during the 2018 Society of Women Engineers Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The award honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in professional organizations and the community, in the first 10 years of their career.

Active in SWE since she was an undergraduate at Utah State University, Amy Jo has served the organization at the collegiate, professional and society levels. As she has grown in her professional career, she has also held many leadership roles with SWE, including professional section representative, professional senator and mega issues committee chair, as well as deputy and speaker of the senate. She credits these roles in SWE with teaching her many of the soft skills she has today.

“I’ve developed numerous soft skills in communication and leadership that you generally won’t develop otherwise,” says Amy Jo, who always recommends to everyone she knows joining organizations such as SWE for opportunities in professional development and networking.

Amy Jo represents her local Northrop Grumman organization at SWE events, both professional and collegiate. She is also one of the liaisons between Utah State University and Northrop Grumman in Ogden, Utah, and is one of the outreach and recruiting points of contact for the Ogden facility. Amy Jo is involved with various employee resource groups and outreach activities at Northrop Grumman and leads events with the Ogden Astro Camp, local schools and SWE collegiate sections, promoting STEM careers to school-aged children and showing them how engineering can unleash their potential.

“I love what I do, and I am proud of the work we do at Northrop Grumman that helps protect our country and allies,” says Amy Jo. “It is important to me to help contribute to that crucial mission.”

Learn more about the SWE conference and the five Northrop Grumman employees who were honored with awards.
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