Engineering alumnus named VP of Air and Missile Defense Systems for the Defense Technologies division of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named alumnus Kelley Zelickson, BE’79 vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems for the Defense Technologies division in the company’s Information Systems sector on February 7. Zelickson will lead a team of professionals to provide integrated air, space and missile defense solutions to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army for the national security of the United States and its allies.

Zelickson holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

In this role, Zelickson will provide overall leadership, management and execution of strategic initiatives, as well as direct and integrate the strategy and programs within the Information Systems sector in support of air and missile defense missions. During her 30-year career with Northrop Grumman, Zelickson has held various program management and engineering analysis roles as well as positions of increasing leadership supporting a broad range of initiatives for the defense customer segment.

She is a member of the Army and Space Missile Defense Association, has served on the Committee of Visitors for the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and serves on Advisory Board for the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Board of the North Alabama Arthritis Foundation.