STEM Professional of the week

Enid M. Sanchez-Bubb      
U.S. Navy

Over 21 years ago, after graduating from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, Enid M. Sancez-Bubb left Puerto Rico and joined NAVAIR because she felt this was where she could make the biggest contribution to our nation. She made the right decision.

Today, Enid is the Deputy Program Manager for Naval Mission Planning Systems, Naval Air Systems Command for the U.S. Navy. In this position, she has managerial authority over more than 150 team members. With total lifecycle management responsibility, she directs and guides Five Integrated Products Teams through the acquisition process from requirements definition and analysis, verification and validation, operational testing, training, fleet delivery, and maintenance of over 30 Type/Model/Series aircraft.

If you are involved with naval aviation, you know Enid Sanchez-Bubb. Enid coordinates daily with over 18 program offices, three Program Executive Offices various Chief of Naval Operation and Commander Naval Air Forces resource sponsors, operational fleet representatives, Naval Support Facilities, the Air Force, and major software developers. She manages a $250 million budget through the Five Year Defense Plan, but impacts billions of dollars of naval aviation with her products.

Enid lead efforts to identify computer software end-of life technical issues three years ahead of time, that would affect the whole portfolio of Navy products and if left unresolved would result in many aircraft not being able to complete their missions or be grounded. Enid arranged bi-weekly enterprise meetings to allow the stakeholders to understand the schedule and funding interdependencies among all of the mission planning components requiring transition, and to determine when each of the components, and ultimately the overall Mission Planning Environment for each aircraft, would complete the transition. Her proactive initiation of this software transition process protects billions of dollars of aircraft programs as well as warfighter capabilities.

Committed to the Hispanic community, Enid is a member of the NAVAIR Hispanic/Latino Engagement Team. She recruits young engineers from Hispanic serving institutions nationally and within Puerto Rico and once hired, she serves as a mentor to these individuals for life. An advocate for future generations of engineers and scientists, Enid volunteers with the STEM educational program for local youth and has managed a summer intern program for over 50 students to familiarize them with the government. She has also been a member of the Leadership of Southern Maryland program where she completed a gap analysis to better define what the Tri-County has to offer to teenagers.

Enid is happily married to William and has three daughters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. In October of 2012, Enid was honored by GMiS as a STEM Military & Civilian Hero during the HENAAC Conference.

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