Hundreds of Stevens’ aspiring engineers, scientists, technicians, logisticians, contract specialists, financial analysts and business professionals have found career success at U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). For the past three years, the organization – which has been hiring Stevens students for more than a decade – has been among Stevens’ top three employers. More than 230 Stevens alumni are currently employed there.
Stevens’ Office of Career Development recognized the university’s longstanding recruiting relationship with NAVAIR on Oct. 3, 2012 with the 2012 Employer of the Year Award.
Kathleen Donnelly, director of engineering, support equipment and aircraft launch and recovery equipment, accepted the award at a special luncheon preceding the Class of 2013 Career Fair, an annual event to connect employers and graduating students for full-time career opportunities.
“We are very proud of this honor, which is a testament to our shared commitment with Stevens to developing the technical workforce for the 21st century,” Donnelly said.
NAVAIR provides full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by sailors and marines, including: research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support. Headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., it has military and civilian personnel stationed at nine locations.
NAVAIR’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, located in Lakehurst, N.J. is an employer of many Stevens graduates. Some are hired after earning their B.E. degrees in a variety of disciplines, while others join directly from Stevens’ unique M.S. in Systems Engineering program, which offers classes right at NAVAIR’s Lakehurst site.
NAVAIR and Stevens also collaborate on senior design projects, with NAVAIR frequently serving as a sponsor. In addition, recruiters from NAVAIR come to Stevens multiple times each year to attend career fairs and interview prospective employees.
Donnelly said Stevens graduates are such a strong fit for NAVAIR because of their leadership abilities and technical integrity – qualities which are extremely important to the Navy. Stevens alumni also bring to NAVAIR a strong foundation in technology, a cross-disciplinary background coupled with industry-specific knowledge, and unsurpassed problem-solving and analytical abilities.
“The high-caliber engineers who graduate from Stevens and come to work for NAVAIR make the Navy a better place,” Donnelly said.
According to NAVAIR Operations Manager Michele Huk, Stevens’ graduates work in multiple capacities at NAVAIR – as managers, team leads, design engineers, test engineers, scientists, systems engineers, and in many other roles. Numerous alumni hold leadership positions within the organization.