José M. Castellón, Jr.
Director, Global Hawk Systems Engineering & Integration
José is currently the Systems Engineering & Integration Director for the Global Hawk Program within the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector. José is responsible for all aspects of end-to-end systems engineering and technical integration activities for the program to advance development opportunities, increase mission effectiveness and grow internationally.
José has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He also has certificate degrees from UCLA in Astronautical Engineering and the Anderson Business School’s Executive Program.
José started his career in the engineering field in 1982. He started at TRW, which was procured by Northrop Grumman in 2002. José started out a summer intern working as a technician testing satellite equipment in an electromagnetic compatibility laboratory, and then did more engineering work over the next two summers. He joined TRW full time in 1985 and worked in the Electrical Design Integration department, which focused on the electrical integration of satellites. In 1989, José moved into spacecraft system engineering leading space systems studies and worked on hardware programs for various government agencies. He became a spacecraft system engineering subject matter expert over the next decade.
José became the director for spacecraft technology focused on developing the next-generation of spacecraft products including electronics, structures, propulsion and autonomy. He also became a functional center manager with the Systems Engineering organization. He also has worked on major program pursuits and led affordability initiatives to reduce program costs to improve cost competitiveness. José was also the Global Diversity & Inclusion Director for the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector.
He has been member of the industrial affiliates boards for Cal St. Northridge’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Aero/Astro Department at Stanford University. In 2009, José also developed Northrop’s Grumman High School Innovation Challenge where 100’s local students develop working prototypes with the help of Northrop Grumman mentors. José also helped found Northrop Grumman’s enterprise-wide Hispanic/Latino employee resource group – One Adelante. He was One Adelante’s first enterprise-wide chair from 2010 to 2013. One Adelante was recognized with Chairman’s Top Performing Employee Resource Group award in 2012, 2013 and 2015. José supports the Great Minds in STEMTM by being a member of a couple of their advisory committees and is a past Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards (HENAAC) winner in the category of Professional Achievement.