What do you like about your work?
The diverse work our company does. I started out working on the defense side of the business in the United States. Now I work on the commercial side in Bengaluru, which is completely different. It’s great to work for a company that’s giving me the chance to see so many sides of the aerospace industry.
How would you explain the company culture?
With the company being so diverse and having facilities all over the world, we see our culture as our language – no matter where you are in the world, it’s the same and every employee relates to it. Our culture’s collaborative nature really drives our workforce to remain engaged, encourages openness and seeks to eliminate waste. Overall, it’s a journey, and we’re all on that journey together.
What is the most exciting product, program or initiative you’ve worked on?
The Hubble Space Telescope. It was a challenging and astounding product to work on. It was the only one ever built, and our products such as the primary mirror, guidance sensors, optical controls and many electronics are on it.
What do you see as the major benefits of the newly integrated company?
The products are complementary. There is very little overlap, which is a huge plus. I think one of the biggest benefits is that we will be extremely well-positioned for the upswing in commercial sales.
How does the company foster innovation?
The company encourages us to look for environmentally friendly improvements and we are always looking for better solutions for our customers and also better solutions for our environment.
Can you explain the international aspect of the work you do?
Since I am based in India, international work is a part of my everyday job. I travel to the United States quite frequently, and also work with many people across our enterprise in other countries. As the Director of Operations I am in charge of roughly 650 employees, and we work with suppliers from all over the world. The international exposure has been a tremendous opportunity, and overall my experience with the company has been a really great journey for me.