1) How did you get started in the satellite business?
I started in the satellite business designing digital electronics for satellites at Hughes Space and Communications. My first project was on Intelsat VI. Satellites got more exciting to me when I moved into systems engineering. Systems engineering helped me learn more about satellite applications and the benefits of satellite communications to provide telephony, television, internet, and data services around the world, especially to communities that have little to no access otherwise.
2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?
Throughout my career, I am thankful to have been surrounded by highly innovative people. These people have been my mentors, teammates, and customers. Together, leading edge solutions in satellite communications were developed to help improve communications services. When MEASAT was considering an Asian broadband network and I lead the business development team on our proposal efforts, I learned a lot more about advanced internet systems and businesses. This was much more than what I learned studying engineering.
3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?
The greatest opportunity for me is to work with very smart people that are passionate about the satellite industry.
4) What was the greatest obstacle?
I fortunately didn't really have any pinnacle obstacles in my career. When Space Systems/Loral offered me a position to lead marketing and sales in the Southeast Asia region, it was challenging for me to decide to leave Hughes Space and Communications. Hughes had provided me with so many fantastic opportunities. They trained me for over 17 years and I have made many friends and long term business relationships there. I tend to be very loyal so it was a very difficult decision to leave. However, Space Systems/Loral provided me with a terrific opportunity to advance my career. Now I am part of the team at the company that is now the leading supplier of high power commercial communications satellites. I continue to learn and enjoy making new friends in the industry.
5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?
In the next five years, I believe there will be continued demand for capacity in the industry due to HDTV, broadband, mobile, and possibly government services. Secure, broadband communications could possibly be provided to the field using lower cost commercial bent pipe systems.
6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?
Engineering is an excellent major that can open many doors. Space Systems/Loral offers exciting and interesting high technology careers in the satellite communications industry with excellent salaries. I recognize that this issue is focused on women in space, but it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, just be passionate about what you do, love what you do, do the best you can do, and enjoy life.
Women in Space
Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group
Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government
Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News
Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.
Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems
Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat
Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat
Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat
Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS
Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.
Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.
Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America
Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer
Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat
Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.
Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional
Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant
Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.
Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO
Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin
Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association
Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications
Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation
Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC
Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies
Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base
Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat
Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer
Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio
Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.
Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services
Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office
Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director
Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC
Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army
Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer
Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada
Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies
Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.
Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT
Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC
Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General
Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX
Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC
Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales
Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International
Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA
Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU
Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant
Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO
Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat
Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union
Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat