Nicolette Yovanof

Engingeering Manager, The Boeing Company
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"Nicolette is the national president of Phi Sigma Rho, a national sorority just for women in engineering!"

INTERVIEW DATE February 5, 2011
HER JOB Engineer/Scientist, The Boeing Company
Engineering Careers
Aeronautical/Aerospace |

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!

Nicolette Yovanof, The Boeing Company

ADDEDSaturday, February 5, 2011

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    I am a structural analyst and project manager in our research and development organization.
  • Q
    Why did you choose engineering?
    A
    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!
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What do you like best about being an engineer?
    A
    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!
  • Q
    Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    A
    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!
  • Q
    Quote
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    Nicolette is the national president of Phi Sigma Rho, a national sorority just for women in engineering!
  • Q
    Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    A
    Nicolette is the national president of Phi Sigma Rho, a national sorority just for women in engineering!
  • Q
    Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    A
    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!