Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a splendid summer.

My Summer Internship is going great and I am getting opportunities that I would have never imagined. I am feeling very blessed and grateful to be in the position I am in. As one of 6 “High Potential Interns” in the Northrop Grumman South Bay region I am getting the chance to work on a combination of my technical work on the James Webb Space Telescope and a special project for the VP of Aerospace Systems, Peggy Nelson. She has been a great mentor and it has been a challenge learning how to manage multiple responsibilities in the work place. I am hoping the experience prepares me enough to handle my school work load and Year-Round Internship this upcoming Academic School-Year.

I was also fortunate enough to run into the President of Aerospace Systems, Tom Vice, and the Vice President of Unmanned Systems, Frank Flores. They are both USC Alumni and are very inspirational, hard-working people. The Trojan Family is very prominent within Northrop Grumman.

A few weeks ago I got to attend Family Day at Palmdale, CA. About a 1.5 hour drive from Los Angeles, Palmdale is one of the NG locations in Southern California and they had the B2, X-47B, X-47A, Triton, Global Hawk, and Fire Scout in display. I took my parents and two of my siblings to see the beautiful aircraft. I myself had never seen any of the air vehicles so it was a breath-taking experience. To be within feet of the world-renowned B2 was incredible. I had no idea what a behemoth of a plane it was. The design is elegant and it simply looks like a beautifully engineered aircraft. I met the pilots of B2 and was able to get their signatures on some of my items. Very, very memorable experience.

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The summer is flying by way too quickly, no pun intended. Thanks for reading and Fight On!

Pedro Lepe

Pedro Lepe

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2015