Rutgers Engineers in Action

August 12, 2020

A Conversation with...

Nicholas Paraskevopoulos, Ph.D.
Sector Vice President
Emerging Capabilities Development
Chief Technology Officer
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Moderated by Atmika Ponnusamy ENG’21
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

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Rutgers Engineering alumni are leaders in industry and research all around the world. Join us for a conversation featuring electrical and computer engineering alumnus Nicholas Paraskevopoulos. Learn what drives him, challenges him, and encourages him about the field of engineering today. 

About Nicholas Paraskevopoulos

NicholasP.JPGDr. Paraskevopoulos has executive responsibility for leading Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions. He is responsible for creating new products, driving the maturation and development of discriminating technologies, transitioning advanced capabilities and accelerating technology business across the sector. 

Since joining Northrop Grumman in 2003, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including vice president of next-gen maritime and integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies division. In this role, he oversaw the sector’s advanced maritime and IAMD products with particular focus on innovative, affordable, open architecture concepts. Previous to that he also served as vice president of engineering and director of advanced technology for the sector. 

Dr. Paraskevopoulos has a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in electrical engineering.

About Atmika Ponnusamy

Atmika Ponnusamy_Headshot_photoshop_crop.jpgAtmika is a rising senior studying electrical and computer engineering with a minor in computer science. On campus you'd normally find her at the Busch Student Center with friends or at rock climbing practice at the College Ave. Rec Center. In addition to being an ambassador for the School of Engineering, she is also a dedicated member of the Engineering Honors Academy as well as the current digital media chair for the Society of Women Engineers.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown, she's been "using this time to get back into painting, doing yoga, and going for walks with my family. I'm also keeping busy with my second internship at Google, where I am working remotely as a software engineer intern on Google Docs. This experience, in addition to the research I did two summers ago at the Rutgers Wireless Information Networking Lab, has taught me to pursue my goals resiliently, and increased my appreciation for the network of inspiring engineers that I've met at Rutgers."