A Lasting Legacy

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As one of the key flight controllers on the NG-15 mission that sent the S.S. Katherine Johnson Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station in February 2021, I had what you could call a full-circle moment. My connection to the NG-15 namesake, Katherine Johnson, wasn’t just from the pages of a history book or from […]

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Mission First, People Always, Team of Teams

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For Kent, a veteran and retired two-star general, working at Northrop Grumman is personal. Throughout his 34 years serving in the Army, he used and relied on many of the products and capabilities that came from the company’s site in Plymouth, Minnesota. Today, as director of precision weapons in Armament Systems, Kent is working with […]

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Air Force Veteran Carli

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Carli is currently a Principal Configuration Analyst at Northrop Grumman. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran with experience as a missileer and has also held several other high-ranking positions. How long have you been with Northrop Grumman? How did you hear about us? I have been with Northrop Grumman for eight months now and […]

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From Intern to Mechanical Design Engineer on the James Webb Space Telescope

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Mei-Li joined Northrop Grumman in 2016 as an intern. Today, she’s a mechanical design engineer on the James Webb Space Telescope, working on the mechanical ground systems engineering team. Tell us about your role on Webb. My team is in charge of designing all of the Webb equipment that’s not going to space, called mechanical […]

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Writing Their Next Chapter

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In many ways, a career is like a choose-your-own-adventure novel: there’s no one path to success. But writing the next chapter of your career can be challenging, especially if you are re-entering the workforce. For a variety of reasons, many professionals choose to take a career break — perhaps to try a different industry, pursue […]

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What We Do is Personal

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On a hot tarmac along the Space Coast this May, a father and son duo, both veterans, shared a memorable moment decades in the making. Douglas, a project manager in Melbourne, Florida, invited his father, Charles, to a company-sponsored Blue Angels air show knowing his father’s love for military aircraft. Charles strolled around the airshow, […]

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Tristan

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Tristan is a security coordinator with Northrop Grumman. He has a plethora of experience supporting many programs and efforts across the company, including physical security and personnel security. He’s also had experience working in the company’s badge and I.D. offices. How long have you been with Northrop Grumman? How did you hear about us? I […]

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Andrew

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Andrew is a Principal Supply Chain Procurement Specialist who is currently serving with the U.S. Coast Guard. He’s completed 3 years of active duty and has been in the Reserves for 11 years as a Storekeeper (Logistics Specialist). Andrew graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing. After transitioning from […]

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A Spark of Inspiration

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The Northrop Grumman program that turns personal passions into professional development After a fire nearly destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2019, Yaakov was surprised to hear on the news that the most accurate digital rendering ever created of the ancient Parisian church was for a video game he had played: Assassin’s Creed: […]

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Veterans as a Resource

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Northrop Grumman Employees Who Served Have Insight into Customer Needs Matt had an idea for an exciting new technology, and through the Northrop Grumman innovation program SPARK, he secured funding. But when it came time to identify the military applications for his product, he went to the experts: co-workers who served. “There’s people here that […]

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A Mindboggling Opportunity

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A Mother’s Inspiration Puts a Northrop Grumman Intern on a Path to Space ​This summer, intern Derrick regularly walked across Northrop Grumman’s Space Park campus to the high bay that was the temporary home of the James Webb Space Telescope. For Derrick, a budding electrical engineer, seeing an exquisite and complex piece of equipment that […]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Possible

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Meet Drew Growing up with a disability, I was constantly inspired by my parents — particularly my father, my biggest advocate — to push the boundaries of what was possible to accomplish my wildest dreams. My parents helped me with the majority of my activities of daily living, such as helping me get out of […]

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Navy Veteran (Chief Petty Officer Retired) Don

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Don is a Principal Industrial Security Analyst, Security Operations at Northrop Grumman. Since joining the company in 2007, he has held roles of increasing responsibility within the Security organization. Chief Petty Officer Retired Don served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy for 24 years from 1982-2006 and distinguished himself as a Parachute […]

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Joy on the Manufacturing Floor

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Lucille is an engineering manufacturing specialist who embodies and inspires joy on her shop floor. Affectionately known as “Miss Lucy” by her colleagues in Baltimore she is dedicated to advanced aircraft. “It’s a joyful thing,” she says. “Everyone comes together to get jobs done.” Those jobs can be many for Lucille, with her different hats […]

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Made It Possible: Marcos Stephens and Training for the Digital Transformation

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By Marcos Stephens At Northrop Grumman, Defining Possible is what we do. Which got me thinking — how do I Define Possible? I lead a variety of strategic workforce training and development programs, training employees in everything from model based systems engineering to artificial intelligence to user experience. In addition to our Northrop Grumman-led programs, […]

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Bringing Family into the Business

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Tony is a mechanical technician at the Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, Florida, and is celebrating his 40th year at Northrop Grumman. He joined the company in 1981 and has worked on many programs, from U.S. Navy aircraft to the Joint STARS program. But perhaps the accomplishment he takes the most joy […]

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A Three-Dimensional Career

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The first time Jasmine saw a 3D-printed airplane part, she felt like she was starting an adventure. “I was making fuel doors and they were kind of this odd, oblong shape, and they 3D printed a bunch of prototypes for a check fit,” she recalled. “They arrived in these huge, wooden crates like something out […]

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Showing them the Ropes

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Like any good mentor, Calvin Wong aspires to lift up his protégés and help them be their best. But Calvin’s protégés aren’t junior engineers, he mentors small businesses. Calvin, a senior systems engineer, is part of Northrop Grumman’s small business Mentor Protégé Program (MPP). Whereas in the typical mentor-protégé relationship, an experienced professional lends advice […]

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Meet Janet: An Aeronautics Guidance, Navigation and Controls Engineer

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Kickboxing and engineering. Two very different activities with a few major similarities, yet both teach determination, problem solving and persistence. Guidance, navigation and controls engineer, Janet Todd, is a shining example of these traits. As a champion kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, she knows what it means to be tough and get the job done. […]

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The Journey from New York to Florida: Meet Vehicle Engineering Manager Suet

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Suet is a Vehicle Engineering manager at the Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, Florida. Her team consists of designers, analysts and responsible engineers specializing in mechanical and fluids subsystems disciplines. These disciplines include fuel, hydraulics, environmental controls, thermal management, life support, mechanisms and crew equipment. Suet sets her team up for success […]

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Meet Distinguished Engineer of the Year, Neville

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has named Northrop Grumman’s Neville Maycock, director of Electronics & Payloads, Distinguished Engineer of the Year. As their most prestigious award, NSBE selects an engineer based upon their outstanding achievements in the industry, exceptional leadership, as well as their series of awards and accolades. Those selected must also […]

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Made It Possible: Matt Mecham and Becoming a Booster Archaeologist

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Imagine a big box of LEGOs®… You’ve been given that box with the goal of building a rocket model. Half of the LEGOs come from a first edition rocket model that was released decades ago and uses printed instructions. The other half are for a brand-new model that uses modern LEGOs and employs app-based instructions. […]

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