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Meet Northrop Grumman Chief Engineer Jud Yamane

“It floored me,” says Jud Yamane (BS ’91, MS ’96) of his first experience launching model rockets as a boy. “Launching into the unknown was something I had to be a part of.”

Today, the UH Mānoa grad is the chief engineer for the sun shield on Northrop Grumman’s James Webb space telescope, set to be the largest space observatory ever flown.

“We build some amazing things. We test them, ship them, then hear news about their being used in space,” he says. “It’s pretty awesome.”

University of Hawai‘i Alumni