Anna Kazanjian Longobardo


As the senior woman executive at the Unisys Corp. defense unit, Anna Longobardo headed a worldwide organization supporting complex military systems and weather radar systems in more than 100 locations from 1988 to 1995, when she retired from the firm, a manufacturer of information systems. She joined Unisys in 1965 and held a number of technology management positions. Previously at Unisys, she served as program manager for a number of Air Force and Federal Highway Administration programs.

Early in her career, she was among the first women to work on board submarines, destroyers and other U.S. Navy vessels, as she designed, developed and evaluated a submarine-towed buoy used to calibrate sonar. Her innovative design increased navigational accuracy for submarines operating below periscope depth.

Since retirement, Mrs. Longobardo has served on the corporate boards of Woodward Clyde and Woodward Clyde Federal Services, and as the Vice Chair of the Engineering Foundation Board, and serves as Chairman of the Bronxville Design Review Committee and Vice Chair of the Bronxville Planning Board. She is also a member of the Barnard Science Advisory Council and the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.

Anna Kazanjian Longobardo was the first woman to receive the B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia in 1949, after attending a pre-engineering program at Barnard College. She earned the M.S. in mechanical engineering, with honors, from the University in 1952. 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. A devoted alumna and advocate for SEAS, Longobardo has served as the Chair of the Engineering Council, (now the Board of Visitors), President of the CESAA Board of Directors, and of the Columbia Society of Graduates. She was the first woman and two term president of the University Alumni Federation—an organization with 18 associations and 200,000 members.