STEM Professional of the week

Victoria Cabrera Miller      
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Victoria Cabrera Miller is the Section Head for the System Test Engineering Department of Northrop Grumman Corporation. She is responsible for more than $50 million in lab assets and oversees the work of 38 operations support personnel, technicians, field service representatives, information technology specialists and system test engineers. Victoria is also the focal point for all system integration laboratory activities and is charged with ensuring that all Global Hawk and Euro Hawk flight software builds, hardware upgrades, and add-on payloads are tested and qualified at the system level prior to their deployment onboard the aircraft.

Victoria obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master's of Science in Engineering Management degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. After working for a few years, she found herself yearning for more information in order to bridge gaps in communication, processes and overall program structure. In response to this desire for knowledge, Victoria partook in various educational programs, short and long term, while working full-time. Long-term programs consisted of The Purdue University Engineering Management Program, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) System Engineering Certificate Program, and The Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Communications & Human Relations/Skills for Success.

Victoria started out in 2004, as a Systems Test Engineer with Integration and Test in the Global Hawk Systems Center (GHSC) Lab and, in addition to Section Head, is also the Deputy Lab Manager for the GHSC and the extended lab for international programs. The Global Hawk program is known as a HALE program that provides High Altitude Long Endurance reconnaissance mission capabilities for the war fighter. In 2007, she had the opportunity to work on a Space program in a new arena of flight test support for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite communication system. As the Test lead on Euro Hawk, in 2008, Victoria participated in the major milestones of the first European version of our Global Hawk.

Along with this, Victoria became the Vice President of the San Diego Chapter of "Adelante," Northrop Grumman's Hispanic Employee Resource Group. Instrumental in launching and growing the chapter in 2010, the group has focused on professional development, community outreach, cultural awareness and is providing mentoring and tutoring at various middle schools in San Diego County. She has been a mentor for a few new hires at Northrop Grumman as well as being involved in various recruitments efforts at conferences and colleges. Over the years, she has held multiple roles as part of these conferences. For the Great Minds in STEM™, she has gone from being a HENAAC scholarship recipient, three years in a row, to participating in the roles of HENAAC College Bowl Coach and Recruitment.

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