Nita Patel
Nita Patel
Senior Director, Engineering, L3 Technologies, Insight
Bedford, NH

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I am the Senior Director of Engineering at L3 Technologies, Warrior Sensor Systems, Insight. We manufacture night-vision and electro-optical systems (i.e., neat cameras that help soldiers see in the dark at night). I was previously the Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Manager for RSIS in Norman, OK where I worked on the NEXRAD weather radar upgrade (i.e., we provided the data behind weather predictions). I am active with IEEE (the world's largest professional association advancing technology for the benefit of humanity), with Toastmasters (the world leader in communication and leadership development) and the United States Chess Federation.
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I received my MS Computer Engineering (1998), BS Electrical Engineering (1995) and BS Mathematics (1995) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Alex asked Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight

    Added Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    I am 12 years old and I was interested in engineering, so I was wondering how you got there?
    Related to Difficult Classes, Education, Engineering Branches, Engineering Skills, Preparation for College, Self Doubt, Space, Unique Challenges, Work Environment
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    Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight
    Answered Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM
    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for your question. I think you will find engineering to be exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding. I have always been curious, interested in learning and experimenting. This is why I got into engineering. I went to university ...
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  • Azaj, Greenville

    Added Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    What are some hardships that engineers go through to eventually create or finish a project?
    Answers 1
    Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight
    Answered Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM
    Some of the hardships are the same as what you might encounter when you do a project at home. You might not have all the resources you want. For example, you might want to make breakfast for your whole family but you don't have enough butter or milk or ...
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  • Cecilia

    Added Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I am a high school student who absolutely loves engineering, I participate in an engineering program at school, but Math and Science are not my strong suits. I am good at them but they do not come naturally and I must work extremely hard for my A. I know mathematics and science are important skills to have to be an engineer but are there any parts, fields, or engineering jobs that do not need or use math and science very much? Okay that question may sound dumb but I am just trying to weigh out ...
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    Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight
    Answered Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Hi Cecilia. Thanks for your not-dumb question. It's a reasonable thing to wonder. Yes, there are several components of engineering that do not require lots of math and science. There are also some fields that are not as intensive as others. For example, ...

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