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Dr. Scott Shaffar

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Global Mission Excellence
Northrop Grumman Corporation 


Scott W. Shaffar is director, Global Mission Excellence, for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security. 

Assigned to the Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence, Shaffar is responsible for providing functional support in the areas of product excellence, systems and software quality assurance, supplier quality assurance, design excellence, and program excellence to multiple programs, customers and sites. Shaffar's responsibility covers the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-4C Triton, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance, Firebird Optionally Piloted Vehicle, MQ-8C Fire Scout, and MQ-8B Fire Scout. 

Previously, Shaffar served as division director for the Quality, Safety, and Mission Assurance organization supporting the former Strike and Surveillance Systems division. Prior to that assignment, Shaffar served as the Western Region director of Planning and Scheduling; Knowledge Management; and Business Systems Integration. Shaffar joined Northrop Grumman in 1984 as an engineer on the development phase of the B-2 stealth bomber. His career includes assignments in Advanced Programs, Business Development, Program Management, Air Vehicle Engineering, Test & Evaluation, Quality, and Enterprise Integration. He also established the Knowledge Management program at Northrop Grumman, which subsequently grew to a corporatewide initiative that was recognized by the American Productivity and Quality Center as a best practice. 

Shaffar earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Ponoma, and a master's and doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California at Irvine. 

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

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, E-326

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1323