Tell us about your path to Northrop Grumman. How did you get hired here?
As an undergraduate student at Jackson State University, I attended the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) conferences each year. During my senior year, I was able to acquire an interview with Northrop Grumman that later led to a job offer. I moved from my hometown in Alabama to California to begin my career.
How do you describe your current role at Northrop Grumman?
I am a software development analyst for the Enterprise Resource Planning (1ERP) organization. I work with the Systems Applications and Products (SAP) software system and perform advanced business application programming (ABAP) development. In other words, I help to ensure the internal web and mobile applications provide a consistent user experience for SAP software across all platforms. My statement of work consists of break/fix, enhancements, and initial development of new reports.
How have you been able to Define Possible in your role?
I am proud to have been a part of one of the first agile initiatives within the 1ERP organization. I serve as a scrum developer on the current agile team. A scrum developer utilizes Scrum methodology and possesses technical core knowledge to improve software programming or coding among other things. We developed a social SharePoint site that will be used for organizing and social interaction between colleagues. The site will also be a hub for employee resources and information such as training guides, manager announcements, and upcoming events.
How is Northrop Grumman encouraging you to pursue your passions?
Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in technology. While working at Northrop Grumman, I have been able to take advantage of many different learning opportunities in this field and have gained hands-on experience with tasks or projects that I’ve never seen or done before.
How do you see science, technology, and engineering overlapping at Northrop Grumman?
I have been able to see one of the best examples of science, technology, and engineering come together firsthand. My office is located in the same building where we manufacture the center fuselage for the F-18 Super Hornet. In the facility, you can actually walk down the assembly line and see each step of the manufacturing process in which each of these fields are seen working together.
Do you think that Northrop Grumman is solving for what’s never been done and exploring the limits of what is possible?
Absolutely. During my time here thus far, I have been able to personally witness some of the great technological inventions that are being created and utilized each day like the James Webb Space Telescope. I can safely say that I have just scratched the surface of what Northrop Grumman has to offer.