Veronica Nelson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineer with a concentration in Robotics from Howard University. Veronica Nelson was the first female to obtain her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. She received the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) Fellowship and spent her summers during graduate study working for RCA David Sarnoff Research Center.
Veronica joined Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1988 on the New Graduate Rotation Program and has held a variety of mechanical, manufacturing and process engineering positions of increasing responsibility including the development of the first Automated Surface Mount Assembly Line in Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector. In 2006, Veronica was promoted to Manager of the Professional Development Program (PDP) where she managed over 100 new graduate professionals. Veronica Nelson worked as the Career Pathways Program and Diversity Recruiting Initiatives Manager interfacing with employees to provide professional career guidance and expanding Northrop Grumman’s partnership with Universities to strengthen the pipeline of technical diverse talent. She recently managed the Professional Development Rotation Program (PDP), Interns/Co-ops, and University Relations & Recruiting Organizations for Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector.
In February 2013, Veronica Nelson was named the new Corporate Campus Relations Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, Veronica is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to maximize relationships with our University partners. She will partner with Northrop Grumman’s business and technical leadership to ensure that our core and critical skill college recruiting aligns with our current and future business needs.
Veronica Nelson was the 2007 Women of Color Technology Award recipient for Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education and the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award recipient for Educational Leadership – Promotion of Higher Education for her passion and dedication to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She currently serves on the GEM Executive Board as Liaison to the GEM Alumni Association, Howard University Department of Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board (IAB), Morgan State University Industrial and Systems (ISE) Advisory Board and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Members Council Board of Directors.