Nicolette Yovanof
Nicolette Yovanof
Engingeering Manager, The Boeing Company
Long Beach, CA
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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
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  • Srijani, Durgapur,West Bengal,India asked Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company

    Added Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    I am a class 12th student from India. I want to study aerospace engineering but I am confused really with my job scopes from here. Moreover I want to become an engineer or a scientist at NASA but I don't know how to pave the way for it. Due to very few colleges in India having this branch of engineering I am thinking whether it would be wise to study aerospace engineering or would it be better to study aeronautical engineering? I would like to have a reply at the earliest. Thank You.
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    Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Answered Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:36 AM
    Hi Srijani,
    Aerospace engineering us broader in scope than aeronautical engineering so I'd definitely recommend that. You can work in both aeronautics and astronautics fields with that degree.
    And India is rapidly becoming more and more involved in ...
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    Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company
    Answered Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:36 AM
    Hi Srijani, I think that aerospace would give you a more broad look at things, but it does depend on if you're more interested in space versus aeronautics.  NASA does work in both areas.  Additionally, NASA hires engineers across all engineering majors, ...
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  • Sneha, Houston asked Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company

    Added Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Hi I recently graduated from the University of Houston with a master's degree in mechanical engineering. I have been interested in the aerospace industry since my bachelors, and I applied to many companies including Boeing here in U.S. But, most of them need clearance which I am not eligible for because I am an international. I don't want to give up pursuing my career in the aerospace industry as that's my passion. Can you suggest me something on companies which are willing to hire ...
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    Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company
    Answered Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM
    Hi Sneha, this is very dependent on the company, the division, but mostly the specific program and position.  There are a lot of defense and space programs that do require clearance, but some do not and most commercial aircraft positions do not require ...
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  • Cynthia, Phoenix, Az

    Added Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    I am a high school student (a soon to be sophomore) and i wanted to know what classes i should takeand clubs i could benefit from. Also, I would like to know if taking pre-calculus and robotics now will help me or hurt me since i still need to take three more years of math. I have been getting so many different answers from teachers and i don't know what to do. What should i do to get the most benefit for my future in aerospace engineering?
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    Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company
    Answered Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM
    Hi Cynthia, I think that taking any pre-calculus and robotics classes that are available to you would be great preparation for college!  Any math, physics, science/engineering courses at your school would be a great way to get some experience and ...
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