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.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.
Latest Questions
  • Jay Tee asked Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight

    Added Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Hi. My story is a bit unusual and may raise a few eyebrows. I was in my final year of my Medical degree (MD) and tbh, I failed (for certain reasons) my final exam. Worst phase of my life. I searched hard to find another uni to complete my MD but it was painfully difficult. I swallowed my pride and looked into some common alternatives like Biomed Sciences, Optom, Pharm etc. But I just couldn't see myself doing any of these as a career. One day I stumbled upon Biomedical Engineering. It intrigued ...
    Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Choosing a Degree, Choosing a School, Preparation for College, Self Doubt, Unique Challenges
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    Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight
    Answered Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 4:33 PM
    I don't think it's a crazy decision. Congratulations on making the change. You definitely have to enjoy (85%) of your career -- all jobs have some amount of work that just isn't fun but overall, you need to enjoy it. If you are excited about BME, you are ...
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  • Stephanie asked Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight

    Added Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    I am definitely older than most in this forum, but I figured it was worth a shot. I read your story on ECN called "I Became an Engineer: Because of a Sewing Machine" and it was definitely something that spoke to me. I am a creative person. I love any kinds of crafts that I can get my hands on, but I also find that I love tinkering with machines and how they work. Recently, I have been exposed to very experienced engineers in my life, but I feel like they are biased in their opinions toward me, ...
    Related to Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Self Doubt, Social Concerns
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    Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, Insight
    Answered Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6:40 PM
    Hi Stephanie! I do not think one is ever too old to become an engineer and thirty is definitely not old. :) There will certainly be a learning curve but no different than learning any new discipline at any age. I took up chess in my mid 30s; it was the ...
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  • 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, Engineering Branches, Engineering Skills, Preparation for College, Self Doubt, 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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