Kiya Kashanijou

Materials and Processes Engineer
Northrop Grumman

B.S. Physics (specialization in astrophysics), UCI M.S. Materials Engineering, CSUN

Career Path: 

I graduated in 2010 and struggled to find a job in a slowly-recovering economy. I began individual tutoring and quickly co-founded a tutoring company. The next year, I started a graduate program intended for folks with day jobs in industry.

Halfway through the program I landed my first full-time job as a materials test technician performing various mechanical tests on polymer composites.

About a year after earning a MS in materials engineering, I was hired into an entry level position at PPG Aerospace where I took up a multitude of roles ranging from research chemist to manufacturing engineer. And most recently, I've joined Northrop Grumman as a parts, materials, and processes engineer.

I've been at this position for just over two years and have hit my stride as the technical expert that my company needs.

Career Experience: 
Aeronautical materials, space materials, materials testing, reverse engineering competitor products, polymer matrix composites (design, manufacturing, and testing), plastics (specifically optically clear plastics),
process engineering, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance engineering
Personal Interests: 
Avid mountain climber and athlete. I've climbed several mountains above 16,000 feet. I'm also very passionate about music. I play trumpet and frequent the jazz clubs in Los Angeles...
I've also been known to go to a heavy metal show now and again.
Type of Students: 
Any student considering a transition from academia to industry. I would be most able to assist students interested in the aerospace industry.
However, my personal and professional growth over the last several years will enable me to connect with students with a broad range of expectations for their post-UCI lives.
Number of Students I can Mentor: 
Joined Date: 
2 years 7 months ago
Ideal Mentoring Relationship: 
I will make myself available as often as possible. Meeting once or twice a month in the Irvine or Los Angeles areas while maintaining more frequent electronic contact (email, phone, Skype).
Ideally the student will be prepared with questions about industry and I will be able to answer and relate with my personal experiences.