Jananda Hill
Jananda Hill
Northrup Grumman
Redondo Beach, CA

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  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    B.S. in computer engineering, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.S. in computer engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    My team makes a real difference, because if we don’t design our test equipment and software adequately, there could be a hardware failure after a satellite has been launched into space. At that point, it becomes very expensive or even impossible to correct problems.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I love the creativity that’s involved, and the satisfaction that comes when you actually make something work.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    It’s fun to see systems that I've been working on featured in the news. One example is the James Webb Space Telescope, which will allow astronomers to learn more about the formation of the early universe after the Big Bang.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    I love the creativity that’s involved, and the satisfaction that comes when you actually make something work.
Biography
Jananda and her team develop methods for testing space telescopes, communications and weather satellites, and a variety of spacecraft. “It's exciting work,” she says, “because these projects are critically important to the scientific community and to the defense of our country.”  
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  • Jaylyn, Mansfield asked Jananda Hill, Northrup Grumman

    Added Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Hi, my name is Jaylyn I am in the 10th grade ,currently in an engineering program for my 3rd year .I would like to know a description of your engineering field , your current job title , describe your job and duties , average work schedule , how was your high school education back round , and if you were to start all over would you still become an engineer or would you peruse a different job title ? In my class we are doing an interview on a engineer, And I would love to understand what an ...
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  • Henrietta, Accra, Ghana asked Jananda Hill, Northrup Grumman

    Added Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    Hello, I'm Henrietta and I'm studying computer engineering in the University of Ghana. I love the course but I am not sure about the job opportunities available for computer engineers and if there are what are the required skills needed for one to get a very good job and how do I stay ahead always. Is it also possible for me to get job opportunities outside Ghana?
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  • Melissa, Los Angeles asked Jananda Hill, Northrup Grumman

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Hello, My name is Melissa and I am a 2nd year student at El Camino College and also my major is Computer Engineering. I sometimes get really discouraged when most people are progressing along in their majors faster then I am. I mainly think I should just change my major and finish fast. Have you ever had these thoughts and if so how did you solve the problem?
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    Jananda Hill, Northrup Grumman
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM
    Hello Melissa, Congratulations on reaching your second year in Computer Engineering! Although it is a tough, time-consuming major, when you're done, you'll have a wonderful sense of accomplishment. You will also have a marketable skill that can be ...Read More
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