In Aberdeen, a small town situated between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Systems Engineer Vijay Jadav is empowered to change the world. Vijay was once a stranger to Aberdeen—it was, as he describes, a place he’d drive through on the way to somewhere else. Now, he’s become passionate about the city, driven by our mission, and encouraged by the ways Booz Allen supports his career development.
Why should Booz Allen be your next stop? Read on to learn more about Vijay’s journey in Aberdeen.
Question: Why did you take the job in Aberdeen?
Answer: The people. A friend and I came down together. I still work with her, as well as with the friend who recruited me. They were people I knew and trusted, so I came to work with them.
Q: Now that you’ve lived here for 6 years, what do you think?
A: I love the trees and all the open green space. There are parks and trails with great hiking and a waterfall nearby. DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia aren’t far, and it’s a great area to raise kids—plus it has really good crab cakes.
Q: How has working at Booz Allen in Aberdeen impacted your career?
A: My career is way better because I moved to Aberdeen and joined Booz Allen. I’ve become a jack-of-all-trades: I started in testing, then moved to security design, information assurance, system design, and software architecture. You get to prototype a lot here. Some ideas can help the military and your career at the same time. This is the first place I’ve worked where I know that, if my technology is successful, it could save someone’s life.
Q: Can you tell us about a specific project you’ve worked on?
A: I helped develop a great application that solves a small problem but has a massive impact. Basically, if soldiers can’t connect to the main network, the app lets them use their satellite connection to get the information they need about the battlespace. Soldiers win when they know the area—where their guys are and where the enemy is. That’s more powerful than any weapon we could make.
Q: What would you tell someone who’s thinking about working here?
A: I would tell them that every day, I get to create things no one else has. That our work saves lives. And that if you have drive and creativity, you can pursue your vision here.