Antonsson Named Corporate Director of Technology
I am pleased to announce that Erik K. Antonsson will join the Corporate Office, effective Monday, June 3, as corporate director of Technology, reporting to Linda Mills, Corporate vice president, Operations. Erik joined Northrop Grumman in 2007 and is currently director of Technology Strategy and Planning for Aerospace Systems.
In his new role, Erik will serve as the corporate focal point for technology customers, research labs, university research, key boards and technology forums, and will chair the Corporate Technology Council. He will integrate cross-company technology planning activities, help position the company to proactively address future customer needs and will develop corporate technology strategy in line with our businesses, emphasizing potential new and emerging technology discriminators and trends. He also will provide the technical interface for the company's university research efforts, providing coordination, collaboration, communication and assessment of activities and support associated with the university community to ensure alignment with our strategic business objectives for university research.
Erik brings a wide range of experience to his new position. Most recently at Aerospace Systems, he had responsibility for establishing and prioritizing the strategic research and development (R&D) directions for the Research and Technology organization serving the mid- to long-range needs of sector business areas. He also had responsibility for strategic university research relations, establishing and fostering R&D relationships with faculty and graduate students at leading research universities in areas of interest to the sector. From 2007 to 2011, he served as director of Research, establishing and leading the Aerospace Research Laboratories.
Erik previously served as professor and department chair of mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology and chief technologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has published more than 130 scholarly papers in the engineering design research literature, has edited three books and holds eight U.S. patents. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Cornell University, and is a graduate of the Strategic Leadership Institute of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the Leadership Council of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and a member of the Technology and Innovation Committee of the NASA Advisory Council. Earlier in his career, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award and the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Please join me in congratulating Erik and wishing him well in his new role.
Sector Vice President, Research and Technology
Sector Chief Technology Officer
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems