Apr 27, 2017
#WhyArmenia: Anna Kazanjian Longobardo
Anna Kazanjian Longobardo was born in New York City to an Armenian family. She is best known for being the first woman to receive a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. She earned her M.S. in mechanical engineering, with honors, from the university in 1952. Kazanjian was very interested in the area of analog and digital computer applications. She made a lot of contributions in the field of aerospace engineering.
Kazanjian was also one of the first women in the United States to work on board of navy submarines, destroyers and other vessels. She designed and evaluated submarine-towed buoy used to calibrate sonar. Her design increased navigational accuracy for submarines that operate below periscope depth.
She also directed projects to develop radiation-tolerant computers for the United States Air Force. Later, Kazanjian became the woman executive of Unisys Corporation's defense unit. She was responsible for organizing complex military and weather radar systems in more than 100 locations across the world.
A Trustee Emerita of Columbia, she is the first woman to receive the Egleston Medal for distinguished engineering achievement, the Engineering School Alumni Association's highest award.