STEM Professional of the week



Danielle Gallegos      
Northrop Grumman Corporation




Danielle Gallegos was exposed to the field of engineering at a very young age. She excelled in mathematics, and her parents always encouraged her aptitude in the subject with the hopes that she would be the first in their family to graduate from college. During her youth, she learned of an uncle (by marriage) who was an engineer. Intrigued by the possibility that she could one day use her abilities in math to contribute to society and work on new technologies, she constantly researched potential engineering fields.

She grew up in Southern California and chose to stay close to home while going to college. She attended the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she discovered her passion for Mechanical Engineering, specifically, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics. While in college, Danielle took advantage of the availability of student internships every summer. One involved working on the F-18 Hornet radar system. Another internship was with Northrop Grumman, where she worked on infrared detecting satellites for the Defense Support Program (DSP) and the Space Based System (SBIRS) program. This internship became a part-time job during her senior year of college and gave her an excellent advantage in developing her career path. After graduation, she began working in the Aerospace industry with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.

Today, Danielle is a Thermal Systems Engineering Manager at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Azusa (NGES/Azusa). She is a prominent figure in the SBIRS Program, the next generation satellite system performing the missile warning mission for the U.S. Air Force and Missile Defense Agency. As a Thermal Engineer, she performs analyses for thermal predictions in support of satellite operation and anomaly resolution activities. She supports temperature cycle and thermal vacuum tests from the unit level, subsystem, and on through full-up flight-deliverable payload. As manager, Danielle is responsible for staffing and overseeing the performance of fourteen thermal engineers on SBIRS, the Defense Systems Program (DS), Defense Meteorological System Program (DMSP), and the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) programs, the spaceborne sensors that constitute the business base of all work performed at NGES/Azusa.

Despite the demands of her career, Danielle continues to work to improve her community and those in it. She encourages youth in her community to attend college and pursue a career in STEM fields by being a mentor for the High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) with Northrop Grumman . Actively involved with multiple Employee Resource Groups within the organization, she supports STEM activities at the local middle school through Adelante.

Danielle still finds time to make family a priority and enjoys home improvement projects which she shares with her husband Angel whom she met in college and who is also an engineer. She looks forward to taking even more challenging technical and managerial assignments in the future as she continues to be a role model for younger female colleagues.



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