Nicolette Yovanof Little
Nicolette Yovanof Little
Engingeering Sr. Manager, The Boeing Company

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  • What I Do
    I am a structural analyst and project manager in our research and development organization.
  • Why Engineering?
    I was always interested in astronomy and space when I was a kid. In high school I learned about aerospace engineering and really got interested when I learned how I could be involved in aircraft and spacecraft development. I always liked math and science, especially physics, so it was a great fit!
  • School Days
    I have a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Systems Architecture & Engineering from the University of Southern California.
  • My Day At Work
    I work in structures where most of my work is analyzing designs to help optimize them. I have also participated in testing where we'll load new structures until they break to see how strong they are. I get to work with a team of people and manage schedule and budget as a project manager.
  • Best Part
    I love being able to work on challenging projects, particularly since we do a lot of development in my area. I also like that I can be a part of solving problems to help contribute to aircraft and space development!
  • Proud Moments
    When I was at Penn State, I was a founding sister of our chapter of Phi Sigma Rho, a sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. I loved having a network of women with similar interests and got a lot out of the opportunity. I've continued to be involved in PSR since graduating and am currently the National President.
  • Challenges
    When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to study aerospace engineering but I did not always get the most encouraging response from everyone. People would tell me it was difficult and be surprised I was interested in doing it. But I had the support of all my family and friends and loved proving to everyone else that I could be an aerospace engineer.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Sometimes it's challenging to get through engineering, but it is well worth it when you get to do something that you love. Engineering opens a lot of opportunities and is worth the hard work!
  • Additional Thoughts
    Nicolette is the national president of Phi Sigma Rho, a national sorority just for women in engineering!
  • Hobbies
    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. While I may have strayed from that, I've decided to learn how to fly airplanes. I'm currently in pursuit of my private pilot certificate and am loving being able to fly!
Nicolette Yovanof is the manager of the Advanced Structural Analysis & Tools group in Boeing Research & Technology, Structures Technology. She began working with The Boeing Company in 2002 as a summer intern in Seattle, WA for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, 737 Post Production Group. She then transferred to Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, CA in 2003 for a second summer internship in Durability and Damage Tolerance. Nicolette joined the company full time in 2004 with the Phantom Works (now BR&T), Advanced Structural Analysis and Tools group. During her time at Boeing, she has supported many programs including the Blended-Wing Body, 787 Integration, C-17, Orion TPS, Hypersonic Analysis, and additional R&D projects. Nicolette received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, with a minor in engineering mechanics, from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. She also received a Master of Science degree in systems architecture and engineering from the University of Southern California in 2007. Outside of her work activities, Nicolette is currently the National Council advisor for the Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology after serving as President and Vice President of Programming. She also works as a volunteer for the Society of Women Engineers in Orange County as a co-coordinator of the Girl Scouts outreach. Her hobbies include swimming, travel, and yoga and she is currently in pursuit of a private pilot's license.
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B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2004 M.S. Systems Architecture & Engineering, University of Southern California, 2007
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 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 conduct a video interview with an interested student for posting on the 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
  • Ani Clemons

    Added Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Everyone around me tells me I shouldn't pursue engineering, or doesn't believe I can really do it. What can I do as a Junior in high school to prepare myself for the engineering path? I am not a mathematical wizard, but I love using my creativity and solving problems. My biggest fear is getting to college and not feeling prepared for my engineering-based classes. I feel like maybe I'm not smart enough and I'm wondering what I can do to pursue my dream. I live in Ave Maria, Florida, and I ...
    Answers 1
    Nicolette Yovanof Little, The Boeing Company
    Answered Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:26 AM
    Hi Ani, I think that the best thing that you can do to prepare is continue to take math, science, and physics classes in high school to get yourself ready for the college courses.  If you feel like you may not be prepared, I would recommend looking into ...
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  • Arianna Van Meurs asked Nicolette Yovanof Little, The Boeing Company

    Added Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 12:04 AM

    Can you please provide any thoughts as to how Vivian can best evaluate the engineering schools at these universities and what they can provide her? She has been offered a (close to) full scholarship at both schools, so finances are fortunately not a consideration. She already knows that one school would offer smaller classes than the other, particularly during the first couple of years. Any thoughts on the support she might get in finding interesting summer jobs, access to professors working in ...
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    Nicolette Yovanof Little, The Boeing Company
    Answered Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Here are things that I would look into from each school and other resources to help find out some of this information.

    • Does the school have a career services center? If so, I would try to reach out to them to find out more about what they do and how ...
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  • Maria Marichal asked Nicolette Yovanof Little, The Boeing Company

    Added Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    I am a 33 years old woman and mother of 3. I worked for the last 15 years on food management industry as an Area Supervisor. I have now make the decision of pursuing a bachelors degree on Engineer.. My options to travel for college are limited and I am having a hard time finding local colleges that offer mechanical or airspace engineer degrees online or local. I have found one option in an University in Arizona to study a Bachelors degree in Engineer Management. I would like at the end to seek ...
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