“Upon graduation from TCNJ in the summer of 2015 with my Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, I had 6 full-time entry level engineering job offers in hand. Although most offers were in New Jersey, I opted to accept a position as an Avionics Engineer with NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) on North Island just off of San Diego. I spent about 15 months at NAVAIR doing in-service engineering tasks on E-2 Hawkeye Naval Aircraft – this was a cool job because I often got to go on aircraft, but ultimately I wanted to have more of a role in development. I transferred within the Department of the Navy to SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) just across the San Diego Bay from North Island where I worked for 2 years leading RF Signals Intelligence research and development projects for sea-based autonomous platforms. While working for SPAWAR I attended graduate school part-time and received my Master’s in Wireless Embedded Systems from the University of California, San Diego. I then landed a job working on the Embedded Systems team at Illumina Inc, specializing in hardware and firmware layer automation for Opto-Mechanical Gene Sequencer Instrument development. I live 5 blocks from the beach and enjoy sailing, surfing, and hiking in my free-time. “
– Patrick Hanrahan ‘15
Congratulations on all you have accomplished so far, Patrick!