Danielle Prieto graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Campus. She is currently serving as a Air Force civilian Test Engineer.
What has been your career path since graduation from Embry-Riddle?
I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and commissioned as a 2d Lt in the Unites States Air Force. Upon commissioning, I served as a Command and Control Test Engineer for Air Force space and cyberspace software systems. I received my Master’s in Industrial Engineering and Management in 2012 from Oklahoma State University. I worked as a Sensors Test Engineer for Project Chicken Little where I led foreign threat exploitation test programs to support weapon system sensor development. I separated as a Captain in 2014 and immediately returned as an Air Force civilian Test Engineer. Currently, I work at the 417th Flight Test Squadron where I lead a team of 16 civilians, military and contractors dedicated to supporting C-130 developmental flight test.
What three traits or skills have made you the most successful in your career?
- Willingness to learn
How has your Embry-Riddle degree opened doors for you?
My time at ERAU helped lead me into a path of public service for the greatest Air Force. My degree in computer engineering kick started a career in one of the fasted growing career fields and vectored me to the Cyberspace Test Group, the Air Force’s premier cyberspace test organization. The uniqueness of my aero experience in computer engineering at ERAU motivated me to broaden my technical breadth by applying for and obtaining a position in a flight test operations organization.
What advice do you have for graduating students to be successful in the job search?
A previous Commander once told me, “Do not let the Air Force decide your future for you. Seek out opportunities you want and decide your own future.” I always tell my mentees to seek out multiple opportunities and apply for everything even if it’s not something you thought you would do. The more doors YOU open, the more opportunities YOU create for yourself and the better chance you have to decide where YOU want to go next. Good luck graduates.