Vice President, Mission Assurance and Chief Engineer
Northrop Grumman Space Technology
Peggy Nelson is vice president for Mission Assurance and Chief Engineer of Northrop Grumman Space Technology. In this position, she is the lead executive for mission assurance, quality systems, engineering capabilities and university alliances across Space Technology.
Previously, Ms. Nelson was vice president and project manager, Prometheus 1. She was responsible for leading a growing team of engineers and scientists to support a new contract as co-designer of the Prometheus 1 spacecraft with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was appointed program manager in July of 2003 and headed the capture team that successfully won the recent downselect, from three contractors to one. She provided a wealth of leadership and program management experience to the team.
Ms. Nelson joined TRW, now Northrop Grumman, in 1983 and has served as manager of several programs including the Data Communication Project/Wide Band Project and the Battlefield Combat Identification System. Prior to that, she held a number of increasingly responsible engineering positions.
In the community, The Los Angeles YWCA honored Ms. Nelson with its Phenomenal Woman Award in 2003 in recognition of her knowledge, experience, influence and leadership in the workplace.
Ms. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Northridge. She has also completed the Executive School of Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Nelson and her family reside in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.