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Michael Elliott

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I was the Cal Poly ASI president in 1967. I graduated in the height of the Vietnam War and went into the Air Force where I had a 20 year career using my Cal Poly training as an engineering officer.   During my Air Force career, I had the opportunity to meet with President Ronald Reagan regarding the MX Missile.   I had met him 20 years earlier in 1967, when he was the Governor of California and I was representing Cal Poly with the Cal State Student Presidents Association. Re-connecting with President Reagan was a culmination of my Air Force career and a reminder of our great days at Cal Poly. I later joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation where I was able to apply “Learn by Doing” in one of the top defense contractors supporting our national security. I was with Northrop for 25 years ending my career as a vice president of business development in the information systems sector. One of the highlights of my time with Northrop was a 60 day sabbatical to cycle across America. This had been a dream of mine for years. Northrop gladly supported this adventure. Some years later they recognized me as a model of perseverance and dedication, in both my work and my great ride across America. I am now retired from Northrop and am consulting part time in Reston, VA. I am married to Judi Stiles Elliott, now 47 years and have two children (Mike and Lauren) and 3 lovely granddaughters (Lila, Julia, and Vivienne). I remain grateful for my 5 years at Cal Poly and periodically return for visits to my brothers in Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.