STEM Professional of the week

Veronica A. Molina      

Veronica Molina was encouraged to dream big. Her parents who had immigrated to the United States from Latin America in their youth, understood and faced financial hardships while making a home in their adopted country. And although unfamiliar with the intricacies of higher education, they always encouraged and supported Veronica’s dreams of achieving a college degree.

From a young age, Veronica learned of the overwhelming need for Hispanic/Latinos, specifically women, in the career fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a highly astute and ambitious young lady, she set out to ensure she achieved a career that would allow her to live free of financial burden, and at the same time allow her the opportunity to give back to her family as well as her community.

Veronica took her first step on the ladder to success when she enrolled at the University of San Diego to study industrial and systems engineering. Committed and strong willed, Veronica worked tirelessly to finish her engineering program in four years, which made her the first individual in her family to graduate from college. Veronica joined the Raytheon Company as an intern prior to completing her college degree and has remained with the worldwide industrial giant ever since.

A talented and proactive engineer who brings passion to everything that she does, Veronica is currently demonstrating her value as a senior systems engineer for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. As part of the Total Ship Electronics Systems Integration team, Veronica is responsible for leading design upgrades and installation efforts for the Shipboard Wide Area Network (SWAN) onboard Landing Platform Dock (LPD) 17 Class of U.S. Navy Ships. She assists in the design upgrades of the SWAN by providing insight of network systems functions and responsibilities. Veronica also performs technical assessment of the connecting system to determine the needs of integration. She serves as the organization’s point of contact for both internal Raytheon customers and external U.S. Navy customers for technical and management related topics.

Aiming to foster future Hispanic/Latino engineers, Veronica serves as the President of the San Diego Chapter of the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) Employee Resource Group. In this role, she exhibits key leadership skills and initiative while contributing significantly to the career development of Hispanic employees at Raytheon. She has organized and participated in several site wide events which were specifically designed to connect Hispanic employees to Raytheon’s business. Making good on her promise to give back to the community, Veronica has established herself as a role model in STEM. She formed a partnership with the Barrio Logan College Institute in San Diego, California, to help mentor students interested in STEM degrees. She is instrumental in leading community participation by Raytheon engineers within local schools. Veronica is also working with her Alma mater to promote math and science concepts and opportunities.

Veronica holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of San Diego and is currently working on her master’s degree in systems architecting and engineering at the University of Southern California. Veronica is a Raytheon Six Sigma™ Specialist and has a secret security clearance to perform classified duties.

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