Charles Rolls & Henry Royce
Memorial Lecture 2016

Vice headshot

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is honored to have Tom Vice give the 2016 Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on September 6, 2016. His talk is titled 'Future of Advanced Trusted Cognitive Autonomous Systems'.

Thomas E. Vice is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, a premier provider of manned and unmanned systems, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to the nation’s security. He is a member of the company’s corporate policy council.

Vice leads the Aerospace Systems sector, which is headquartered in Redondo Beach, Calif., and is an approximately $10 billion business with approximately 23,000 employees. Its major operations are in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palmdale and San Diego, Calif.; Bethpage, N.Y.; and Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.

Previously, Vice was corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector, a recognized leader in integrated logistics and modernization, defense and government services and training solutions, with more than 19,500 employees. Vice led businesses at more than 300 locations in all 50 states and 29 countries, supporting a diverse customer base, including the U.S. departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, State and the Interior as well as NASA.

Earlier, Vice was sector vice president and general manager of the Battle Management and Engagement Systems division for the Aerospace Systems sector. Prior to that, Vice was sector vice president for the former Integrated Systems sector’s Eastern Region, and before that was vice president of Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control – Navy programs for that sector. He also served as sector vice president, Business Development; sector vice president, Operations; sector vice president, Materiel; and vice president, Business and Advanced Systems Development for the sector’s Air Combat Systems business area. Vice joined Northrop Grumman as an engineer on the B-2 program in 1986.

Vice earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He has completed numerous advanced management programs, including the Advanced Program Management course at the Defense Systems Management College; Strategic Marketing of Technology Products and Management of Technology and Innovation programs at the California Institute of Technology; Executive Marketing at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; and the Corporate Strategy Management Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vice is on the board of trustees for the Florida Institute of Technology, is on the board of advisors for Purdue University’s School of Astronautics and Aeronautics, and is on the board of governors for the USO.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.