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2014 IEEE Larry K Wilson Transnational Award 

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Professional Biography (P.E., PMP)

Nita Patel, P.E.
Systems and Software Engineering Director at L-3 Warrior Systems

Since my first full week of professional employment starting at TI Defense Systems, I have been leading technical design and development teams. Currently, I am the Systems and Software Engineering Director at L-3 Warrior Systems, Insight, developer of electro-optic defense systems. 

I was named the 2014 L-3 Engineer of the Year for my outstanding achievement as the Technical Lead for the Hand-Held Target Location Device (HHTLD) program. I was recognized for my direct technical contributions leveraging my strong hardware/software background, which was essential during systems integration and for providing exceptional leadership throughout the program, finalizing technical decisions and enhancing cooperation of the engineering sub-teams.

Previously, I was Chief Engineer & Deputy Program Manager for RSIS where I led the successful completion of a $36M NEXRAD upgrade on schedule and under budget. For this work, I received the prestigious RSIS President's Award for Technical Excellence and the National Weather Service OS&T Systems Engineering Center's Special Citation for my work on the Open Radar Data Acquisition Project. I was recognized as the “go-to” engineer and for leading numerous scientists and engineers in the field of weather radar systems and signal processing. I contributed in the architecture design, algorithm development, system integration and full deployment of the next generation radar signal processing to the 178 NEXRAD sites around the world. 

I was recognized as the 2011 New Hampshire Engineer of the Year award for my technical contributions to the engineering profession and level of community service. 

Currently, I am the chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (www.ieee-wie-ilc.org) and serve on the Computer Society Board of Governors and Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors. I was the 2013-2014 IEEE Women in Engineering Chair and the 2010-12 IEEE-USA VP of Communications & Public Awareness and Secretary/Treasurer of the Computer Society MGA Board. 

During my tenure as MGA WIE Chair, I successfully launched the WIE International Leadership Conference and developed a comprehensive business strategy to fulfill the mission of WIE to inspire, engage and advance women in technology. I received the 2014 Larry K Wilson Transnational Award for distinguished contributions to IEEE global activities through the creation, development and implementation of the inaugural IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, a comprehensive, multi-year strategic business plan, and for expanding the global reach of the IEEE Women in Engineering mission to inspire, engage, and advance women in technology.

Outside of IEEE, I am active with Toastmasters and the United States Chess Federation. Having served in multiple leadership roles with Toastmasters, I love helping others develop confidence, enhance their communication skills and learn leadership skills. I received her MS Computer Engineering (1998), BS Electrical Engineering (1995) and BS Mathematics (1995) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Education

M.S.Cp.E. Computer Engineering; December 1998; Southern Methodist University; Dallas, Texas 

B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering; Magna Cum Laude; May 1995; Southern Methodist University; Dallas, Texas 

B.S. Mathematics; Magna Cum Laude; May 1995; Southern Methodist University; Dallas, Texas 

Interviews/Quotes

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ieeeusa/ieeeusa_0710/#/16/OnePage

http://www.engineergirl.org/Engineers/Directory/13472.aspx

http://www.eeweb.com/spotlight/interview-with-nita-patel

http://theinstitute.ieee.org/people/profiles/volunteers-making-a-difference-nita-patel

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30919171

http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/opinions/ieee-roundup/chat-live-with-women-engineers

http://theinstitute.ieee.org/benefits/ieee-groups/joint-ieee-google-meeting-supports-women-engineers

IEEE Biography (S'92-M'95-SM'03)

I have been involved in many facets of IEEE, including my current roles on the CS Board of Governors, Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors and WIE ILC Chair. As the 2012 IEEE-USA VP of Communications & Public Awareness, I led the successful deployment of the newly revised IEEE-USA in Action and worked with the communications committee, awards committee, publicity and public awareness to promote IEEE-USA programs.

I launched a Women in Engineering eBook series highlighting women throughout our society and wrote an eBook on the Gender Gap to launch this series. I also wrote four (4) e-books for IEEE-USA on how to prepare, write and effectively deliver technical presentations.

More information about my IEEE activities can be found under the "Activities" tab.

Toastmasters Biography (CTM'02-DTM'07)

I have been involved with Toastmasters International in various club and district positions for many years. After having achieved Distinguished Toastmaster, I enjoy mentoring new members and helping them gain confidence, learn leadership skils and improve communication skills.

The tagline "where leaders are made" is absolutely true. I encourage you to visit a club near your home and get started on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement.