Frank Flores is vice president, Engineering Growth and Advancement for the Research, Technology and Engineering (RT&E) organization at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and autonomous aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this role, Flores leads RT&E’s people initiatives such as engagement, employee technical development, rotation programs, diversity and inclusion and technical conferences. His leadership enables the organization to attract, hire, develop and retain the best talent to fulfill current and long-term business requirements.
In addition, Flores oversees all aspects of the organization’s broad and robust university and STEM relations programs. Flores is a passionate champion for establishing and sustaining solid technical relationships with schools and universities to help shape curriculum and to help guide college and high school students in preparing for careers in the aerospace industry.
Since joining Northrop Grumman in 1978 at the legacy TRW Company, Flores’ career has spanned a wide range of roles from functional management to business development to program management positions. His previous role as vice president of Engineering and Global Product Development for Unmanned Systems, included responsibility for managing and deploying people, processes, tools and test resources in support of the company’s autonomous programs. Prior to that, he served as sector vice president, Engineering and Programs within Northrop Grumman’s former Integrated Systems sector. Before that, as a program manager and systems engineer, Flores led the successful development of satellite and avionics communications systems for advanced fighters and terrestrial radio systems.
As one of the founders of the Radio Systems organization within Northrop Grumman, Flores was instrumental in establishing the company’s software-defined radio technology as the baseline on the F/A-22, Comanche and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programs.
Flores holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. His graduate work focused on communications systems design. He is also a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers and he is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
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