In celebration of Black History Month, the Department of Aerospace Engineering is highlighting some of our talented and diverse alumni through a series of stories sharing their journeys and advice for aspiring aerospace engineers.
Department of Aerospace alumnus Daniel Scott (’85) is currently SVP and Chief Information Officer in Northrop Grumman’s Defense Systems Sector. He has executive responsibility for operations and performance of Enterprise Services including information technology, cyber security, and infrastructure operations for domestic and global operations.
His experience includes Systems Engineering leadership in Research, Technology, and Engineering (RT&E); Program Capture and Execution; Systems Design & Development; and corporate sponsorship of Employee Resource Groups.
Scott also holds an MBA (’04) in Finance and Strategic Marketing from the University of South California, has participated in Advanced Management Programs through Harvard Business School, Northrop Grumman, University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology. He has also held board positions for the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and North Carolina A&T State University.
Where/How did you get started on your aerospace engineering journey?
After graduating from the University of Maryland (UMD), I interviewed with many companies and selected my first job with the Northrop Grumman Corp. as an aerospace engineer. My initial focus areas were in internal and external aerodynamics and propulsion systems.
Who and/or what inspires you?
My family is who drives my inspiration.
The what is through modeling enduring excellence, commitments to cultural development and demonstrations of the value of diversity.
What has helped you succeed in your aerospace engineering journey?
Diligence in understanding my customer's ultimate objective and/or purpose. Design requirements are derived from a suite of capabilities, which are derived from the mission objectives, so it is important to understand what your customer(s) is trying to achieve.
What advice would you offer current students?
Focus your efforts, but take time to step back, seek advice and take stock of the larger landscape around you.
Career plans are just that—plans. Plans are reshaped by new opportunities. Pursue the opportunities presented to you even if you are challenged by your perception of success.
What have been some of your greatest personal/professional successes?
Professional: Leading large captures to success.....represents a wholesome demonstration of your technical ability and business acumen.
Personal: Supporting my family through both difficult and rewarding times.
February 21, 2022