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January 30, 2019, 1pm ET
Collaborating with the International Space Station National Laboratory

February 19-20, 2019
GUIRR Meeting
Authenticity, Integrity, and Security in a Digital World



Erik Atonsson


Erik Antonsson is currently the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning for the Aerospace Sector of the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he is responsible for coordinating technology strategy across the organization and for establishing and growing external strategic relationships to support current and future NGAS programs. From 2007 through 2011 he established and led the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Research Laboratories (ARL). In that role he had the responsibility for recruiting and leading a distinguished multidisciplinary research team, and for setting the long-term R&D directions for the Aerospace Sector. Work in the laboratories led by Dr. Antonsson included intelligent autonomy, nano-structured materials and metamaterials, carbon nanotubes for structural, thermal and electrical applications, and advanced propulsion and power systems. Dr. Antonsson served on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology through 2009, where he organized the university’s Engineering Design Research Laboratory and where he has conducted research and taught since 1984. He previously served as the executive officer (Chair) of Caltech’s Mechanical Engineering Department. From September 2002 through January 2006, Dr. Antonsson was on leave from Caltech and served as the Chief Technologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this role, Dr. Antonsson provided intellectual leadership for JPL in the strategic planning of advanced technology and guidance for approximately 550 technology researchers. He was the co-chair of JPL's Science and Technology Management Council and also served as a member of JPL's Executive Council, Strategic Management Council, Project & Engineering Management Council, and as the senior representative to NASA Headquarters and other NASA centers and government agencies for JPL’s basic technology research. He was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1986-1992), and won the 1995 Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and is a co-winner of the 2001 TRW Distinguished Patent Award. Dr. Antonsson earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a masters and doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal: Research in Engineering Design. He served as an Associate Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design with responsibility for the Design Research and the Design Theory and Methodology areas. He has published more than 130 scholarly papers in the engineering design research literature, has edited three books and holds eight U.S. patents. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California, and serves as an engineering consultant to industry, research laboratories, and to the Intellectual Property bar.