Board of Directors Profile

Juan Rivera, Ph.D.

Director Mission 1 Advanced Technologies and Applications Space Systems Aerospace Systems Sector Northrop Grumman Corporation

Juan Rivera, Ph.D. is the Mission 1 Advanced Technologies and Applications Director at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector. In this role, he is responsible for developing electronic and payload space and airborne technologies for ISR programs. He works closely with the ISR community to define future requirements and technologies that will satisfy emerging needs.

Dr. Rivera was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 1975, he graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After working on the F-111 and F-16 jet fighters at General Dynamics Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), he enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin to pursue a graduate engineering degree.  Dr. Rivera was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 1982 and began employment the following year with Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach. He is an active member of the Northrop Grumman Management Club. Dr. Rivera is a Board Member and Advisor on Adelante, the Northrop Grumman Hispanic Employee Resource Group.

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Rivera was Department Manager in the Antenna Products Organization. He has served as Integrated Product Team manager for several ISR programs and as IR&D Principal Investigator for various antenna technologies. He is a contributing author in the book “Infrared and Millimeter Waves”, has 5 technical publications and holds 2 patents. He is also a certified Six Sigma green belt. In 2003, he received the Professional Achievement Award at the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) and in 2012, he received the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems President’s Award as well as the Northrop Grumman Corporate Award for Excellence.

Dr. Rivera is passionate about education and is an officer on the Board of Directors for Great Minds in STEM®, a non-profit group that promotes STEM education in under-represented communities. He tutors middle and high school students in mathematics and has volunteered as assistant basketball coach, science text book advisor for the Torrance Public Schools and counselor for the Sierra Service Project to serve Native Americans.  Dr. Rivera has run the Los Angeles Marathon three times and is currently training for the 2014 event.