Simona E. Kelley

Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems - Navigation Systems Division

Mrs. Kelley has over 15 years of experience in program management, systems engineering, integration and test, and advanced technology development and product transition. She is a proven leader who has demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams from various organizations and influencing all levels of leadership. She managed the development and demonstration of the Relative Navigation technology and the Autonomous Aerial Refueling program for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). She led the spacecraft integration and test of the National Polar Orbital Environmental Sensor Suite (NPOESS) program sensors onto the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft. She has led system design and requirement development, modeling, and performance verification for directed energy programs, and various Electrical-Optical (EO) sensors. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in GPS and controls systems. She also received a Master of Science in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona Optical Science Center where her thesis was on segmented deformable thin membrane mirrors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband and hiking, biking, and kayaking as much as she can.