In Aberdeen, Maryland, a small town situated between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Systems Engineer Vijay Jadav is shifting the way the world works. 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? Learn more about Vijay’s journey in Aberdeen.
Why did you take a job at Booz Allen in Aberdeen?
The people. A friend and I came down together. I still work with her, and with the friend who recruited me. They were people I knew and trusted, so I came to work with them.
What do you think of Aberdeen now that you've lived here for 8 years?
I love the trees and the open green space. There are parks, great hiking trails, 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. And prepare for NFL Baltimore Ravens overload.
How has working at Booz Allen in Aberdeen impacted your career?
My career has grown 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, software architecture, and now I lead a software team. 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.
Can you tell us about an exciting project you’ve worked on?
My team recently had the chance to help distribute intelligence data to soldiers. Typically, warfighters manually add threats on a map or phone prior to their mission and they don't always have the latest information. We built a solution that allows them to get up-to-date information using a few different leading-edge tools and frameworks. This information is critical when they need to make life and death decisions, and we know they're staying safer thanks to this tech.
What would you tell someone who’s thinking about working here?
I get to create unique solutions that have a meaningful impact on the lives of both civilians and warfighters. If you're driven and creative, you can pursue your dream here.