An Engineering Career in Private Industry

Neil Siegel, Vice-President and Chief Engineer for the information systems business, Northrup Grumman


Neil Siegel

Neil Siegel is Sector Vice-President and Chief Engineer for the 20,000-person information systems business within Northrop Grumman. He became a vice-president of the company in 1998.

He has been responsible for a large number of successful fielded military systems, including the highly-successful Blue-Force Tracking system, the Forward-Area Air Defense System, and the Army’s first unmanned aerial vehicle. He has also led work for the steel industry, the movie industry, and other commercial enterprises.

He has a Ph.D. in systems engineering from USC. He has been a member of the Defense Science Board, the Army Science Board, and other senior Government advisory panels. He holds more than 20 issued US patents. Among many other honors, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Dr. Siegel spoke about what it is like to work in private industry as an engineer, and what attributes lead to career advancement, illustrating his talk with specific examples of technologies used and lessons-learned in their application to solving real-world problems.