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Sumita Tandon


I have 25 years of experience in the planning, development, verification and management of safety critical embedded systems and DO-178 software. A significant part of my career has been with Aerospace companies like United Technologies, L3Harris and most recently Wisk. I started my professional journey as a real-time embedded software engineer, growing into roles of increasing responsibility. I have led multiple software teams through the design and certification process on major platforms like Boeing 787, Bombardier C-Series, MC-21, MRJ, KC-390 etc. Throughout this journey, led global teams and worked with certification agencies across the world such as the FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, ANAC etc. Diversified my role beyond software, to lead project teams and drive best practices in program management to execute on cost and schedule. Most recently, led a team of cross functional chief engineers and SMEs to drive engineering best practices, lean processes with focus on continuous improvement to drive robust product development for aerospace applications. Also led a division of UTC through successful AS9100 D certification.
I grew up in India where I got my Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecom. I came to the US about 25 years ago and have since then moved across the country from Texas, to Pennsylvania to Illinois to Arizona and now to California. I did my MBA a few years ago from Thunderbird School of Global Management. I enjoy visiting different parts of the world and learning about different cultures. As a fun fact, except Antarctica, I have been to all other continents of the world!