Presenter Biographies

Neil G. Siegel
Sector Vice-President, Technology
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Neil Siegel is Sector Vice-President of Technology for the 20,000-person Mission Systems sector within Northrop Grumman.He was previously the Vice-President and General Manager of the company’s Tactical Systems Division. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Brian Gallagher
Brian P. Gallagher is the Director of the SEI’s Acquisition Support Program. He is responsible for building teams from across the Software Engineering Institute’s disciplines to support the needs of DoD and other government agency acquisition programs. He is an SEI-certified High Maturity SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and instructor for CMMI. Brian was previously employed with the Aerospace Corporation where he worked as a software acquisition and engineering advisor for several Air Force and NRO projects. Brian is a retired Air Force Officer. During his Air Force career, he was the Deputy Chief of Software Engineering with an Air Intelligence Agency remote intelligence site, Chief Software Engineer on the Range Operations Control Center Project at Cape Canaveral AFS, FL, a Software Project Manager for the Titan IV Program Office, and a Software Engineer with the Strategic Air Command. He received his B.S. in Management Information Systems from Peru State College, and M.S. in Computer Science/Software Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ricardo Valerdi
Ricardo Valerdi is a Research Associate at the Lean Aerospace Initiative at MIT and a Visiting Associate at the Center for Software Engineering at USC. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego, MS and PhD Systems Architecture & Engineering from USC. He is a Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation in the Economic & Market Analysis Center. Formerly, he worked as a Systems Engineer at Motorola and at General Instrument Corporation. 


Wheaton, Marilee J.

Marilee J. Wheaton is currently the General Manager of the Systems Engineering Division in the Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo. The Division supports Aerospace customers in space systems acquisition and planning, architecture and design, mission assurance, and systems analysis and modeling. Previous positions at Aerospace include Principal Engineer in the Ground Systems Program Office, Systems Director for AFSCN Engineering and Integration, Associate Director for Directorate H Ground and Communications, Principal Director of the Business and Operations Analysis Subdivision, and General Manager of the Computer Systems Division. As General Manager of the Computer Systems Division, she provided management and technical leadership for computer science and technology, computer systems engineering, and software acquisition. Prior to rejoining Aerospace in 2002, Marilee was a Director at TRW Systems (now Northrop Grumman Mission Systems) providing leadership for cost estimation, metrics, and quantitative management goals. She is a trained CMMI appraiser, and also led process improvements as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Ms. Wheaton is a member of the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA), and past Board member and Chair for the Society. She is the recipient of both the Parametrician of the Year and the Keith Burbridge Service Award. She is also a member of the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) and has served as a corporate representative to the Space Systems Cost Analysis Group (SSCAG). A long time Affiliate member of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE), she is one of the core team members for the development of the COSYSMO system engineering cost model. Ms. Wheaton is a Fellow and Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers. She is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and deputy chair of the AIAA Technical Committee on Economics. She has a B.A. magna cum laude in Mathematics and Spanish from California Lutheran University. She holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program in Management. Ms. Wheaton serves as an instructor for The Aerospace Institute and at USC in the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program.


Kelly Kim

Kelly Kim has 20 years of experience in flight software engineering, ground operations software systems and real time mission operations software. Kelly is currently a Senior Manager of Network Systems Integration and Verification on Future Combat Systems. Kelly started software development at Lear Astronics Corporation on the B2 Bomber and the Comanche Helicopter programs. Since then Kelly has been at Hughes Space & Communications and Boeing developing software for satellite programs. Kelly graduated from University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and minor in Computer Science, and has an MBA from Pepperdine University. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys photography and making jewelry.


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