Doug Fronius is a director and sector chief engineer for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, responsible for all sector aircraft programs. In this role, reporting to Aerospace Systems vice president of Engineering and Global Product Development, Fronius provides the technical leadership of numerous contract and company-funded conceptual and development programs covering both manned and autonomous flight vehicles.
Fronius previously served as chief engineer of Advanced Concepts. Prior to that, he served in a program management role as the director of Tactical Unmanned Systems, leading the development of the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aerial System, and directed the Targets program, which produced the BQM-74 and Chukar family of target drones for the U.S. Navy and international customers. Fronius also directed several advanced development programs in autonomous aerial systems and managed initial development of the Global Hawk High-Altitude Long-Endurance autonomous aerial system. He has participated continuously in the engineering and program management of autonomous aircraft for the past 30 years.
Joining the company as an aircraft designer, Fronius has also participated in the design of a number of personal aircraft. He holds various Federal Aviation Administration pilot and mechanic ratings. His life-long interest in aviation history includes his ownership and restoration of a number of aircraft and gliders, including several World War II-era military training gliders, which are flown regularly.
Fronius earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from San Diego State University.
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