(August 17, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Janet Grondin

Janet Grondin
AIAA LA-LV Member
Vice President, Defense Programs for Stellar Solutions, Inc.
Former Director, Northrop Grumman
Colonel, USAF-Retired
President, Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter (WID-GLAC) 
Executive Board Member, National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter (NDIA-GLAC)


Janet Grondin is Vice President of Defense Programs for Stellar Solutions, Inc, a small, woman-owned business providing high impact engineering services to significant national and international customers for 25 years. Prior to this role, she was Director of Overhead Persistent Infrared Exploitation for Northrop Grumman. Janet is a retired USAF Colonel with over 30 years of experience in navigation, remote sensing, satellite communications, launch, space superiority, and launch ranges. Her education includes a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the AF Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Strategic Studies, and a M.S. in Military Operational Art & Science. Janet is the President of the Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter (WID-GLAC) and an Executive Board Member of the National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter (NDIA-GLAC). Janet and her husband, Pat, have 2 sons in college and reside in San Pedro, CA. Janet’s father was a private pilot and a mechanical engineer. He held several patents and built his own Starduster II from blueprints. She got a ride in his Starduster just before he had to stop flying…it was a beautiful airplane! Janet caught the bug for aviation and space from her Dad and applied to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. She was accepted and also, later, received an AFROTC scholarship. ERAU was the perfect school for her and Det 028 was a great launching pad for her AF career.

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