New face in aerospace

February 23, 2012

Jonathan Dell ’05, an aerospace engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand, is at the cutting edge of his profession.

As part of National Engineers Week from Feb. 19-25, the 29-year-old from Carpentersville, Ill., was named a “New Face in Engineering.” The nationwide annual award recognizes engineering professionals younger than 30 for “truly changing the world for the better in remarkable ways.” Dell was nominated by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals for the prestigious international award.

In his job at Hamilton Sundstrand, Dell supports product development and project engineering of electric power systems for military and commercial aircraft. Dell was a mechanical engineering major at Bradley, which led to his career in aerospace engineering.

“It’s a challenging career path, but it has a lot of options and rewards,” Dell said. “One day I’m in a meeting, the next I am performing hands-on work in a lab, and another day I am doing calculations. I love the variety every day I go to work.”

In his free time, Dell is active in the community, which he believes played a role in receiving the New Faces in Engineering recognition. While living in Columbus, Ohio, Dell volunteered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he led recreational activities for long-term care patients.

Dell hopes the award raises awareness about careers in engineering.

“The most important part for me is to show students who are considering engineering the different career possibilities,” he said. “There is a nationwide shortage of engineers because not a lot of students are studying it. My advice for anyone considering engineering as a career path is to talk with professors and alumni who are in the industry and job shadow them. I think they’ll find it’s a great career path.”

Dell said he chose Bradley because of its national reputation in engineering education, and he credits Dr. Marty Morris and Dr. Julie Reyer for helping him realize his potential.

“They had difficult classes, but they did a good job of both challenging students and teaching the material so we understood it,” Dell said.

The one-on-one attention Bradley provides students was an immediate draw, he added. “When I came to visit Bradley, Dr. Morris gave me a personalized tour. That still stands out to me. No other schools gave me that kind of personal attention.”

Founded in 1951, Engineers Week promotes New Faces in Engineering to provide incentives to those in college and inspire even younger students to consider engineering careers. For more information about Dell and the National Engineers Week Foundation, visit