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Joshua Baldwin

Joshua Baldwin

Northrop Grumman; San Diego Ultimate Auto Detailing

"The moment you stop challenging yourself is the moment you stop growing and learning."

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Joshua's work combines: Entrepreneurship, Engineering, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Systems Engineer; CEO of SDUAD

I analyze requirements of an unmanned aircraft and handle workarounds of different changes in the design of aircrafts.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General

    University of California, Irvine

  • Certification

    Auto Reconditioning Specialist


Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Systems Engineer; CEO of SDUAD:

Bachelor's Degree: Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General

Certification: Professional Auto Detailer

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    In high school, I prepared in the JROTC program to pursue a career in the Navy but was not accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Soon after, I decided to pursue engineering at UCI.

  • 2.

    In 2017, I started PassGPA, an education technology website for students to access and sell course-specific resources. Because of competitors like Chegg and Course Hero, PassGPA was unsuccessful.

  • 3.

    Then I enrolled in an auto appearance training program to learn how to professionally detail vehicles and run an auto detailing business. Established SD Ultimate Auto Detailing LLC in summer 2018.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Troubled relationships in the personal and corporate world. In my personal life, friends have been critical of how I manage my time, seeking more attention from me than I can offer. In the corporate world, there have been conflicts of interests.

  • How I responded:

    I have kept my head down and focused on myself and my goals. If there is anyone that I feel is wasting my time or is just simply having a negative impact on me, I will cut them out. During the really low points, where I admit to being broken down, the only remedy is looking outward for help and guidance, usually coming from close friends and family.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Massive student loan debt. Overall a lot financial setbacks during and after my collegiate career. Using primary employment to pay off current student loan debt and building a financial foundation to save money from SD Auto Detailing.