F. Suzanne Jenniches
Suzanne Jenniches has been a leader in manufacturing innovation and producibility engineering for Northrop Grumman Corp. for more than 30 years, establishing many "firsts" for women within the company. Her responsibilities have included computer test engineering, electronic assembly, advanced robotic manufacturing, radar systems, and defense programs. She received a patent in 1980 for laser soldering and in 1981 she led operations for the B-1B bomber offensive radar, overseeing production of the first electronically scanned antenna for production aircraft in the world. Jenniches has served in many managerial roles at the company, including the vice presidencies of Automation and Information Systems, Communications Systems for the Electronic Systems sector, and the Government Systems Division.
Engineering was Jenniches's second career choice, having begun her professional life as a high school biology teacher after graduating from Clarion State College in 1970. She made the transition to engineering industry as she pursued a master's degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, which she received in 1979. Shortly after, Jenniches conducted extensive postgraduate work in Defense Decision Making and International Affairs at Catholic University and has attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development for Executive Management.
An active Fellow and life member of SWE, Jenniches has served on many national committees as well as the society's 1988-89 president. She was awarded both the Distinguished New Engineer Award in 1983 and the Achievement Award in 2000. She has been equally active outside of SWE promoting engineering as a career, specifically for women. She has served on the American Association of Engineering Societies Board of Governors and as an expert witness before Congress on numerous occasions, in support of engineering and technology issues for NASA, NIST, AAES, and SWE.
Read the transcript from F. Suzanne Jenniches's oral history interview.