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Heather Sykora (Banbury) (B.S. Astrophysics 1999; M.S., Aerospace Engineering 2002)


After graduating, I accepted a job with Northrop Grumman Corp. in San Diego as an Aerospace Engineer (level E2).

During my first three years at Northrop, I worked as an aerospace engineer on the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) called Global Hawk in the Guidance and Controls (GNC) group, while my husband finished his degree and then worked at Ernst and Young as an Auditor. In 2005, I began working on special projects (advanced development) at Northrop, still out of their San Diego office, and still working as a GNC engineer. My then fiancee, Ben, happened to switch jobs while in San Diego as well and worked in mergers and acquisitions at RSM McGladrey. In March of 2007, we moved to LA to pursue a job opportunity for Ben in Investment Banking and I was able to transfer to Northrop’s office in El Segundo and continue working on the same project from there. On July 16, 2005, we were married in Crosslake, MN. An anniversary helicopter ride, led Ben to pursue a pilot’s license. We are pictured here enjoying our second anniversary flying in a Cessna 172.