José Castellón, Jr.

Senior Director, Engineering Technical Development for the Northrop Grumman  Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) Sector

José Castellón, Jr. is a seasoned aerospace engineer and leader with over 42 years of experience in  both space and unmanned aircraft systems. He is a leader and subject matter expert  in systems engineering, has led large program and functional teams, and numerous  research & development activities. 

In his current role, José is establishing and implementing an overall technical talent  development strategy for over 8,600 NGAS engineers to foster a culture of learning  aligned with their career paths and growth aspirations, preparing them to support our current programs, capture pursuits and advanced technical development efforts.

José is a proven champion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace. He  founded and led Northrop Grumman’s companywide One Adelante  

Hispanic/Latinx Employee Resource Group. He is a former sector DE&I director driving  strategy to increase diverse representation in leadership, plus having the responsibility to  coordinate the efforts of multiple employee resource groups. José has developed STEM  outreach programs that supported underrepresented communities. He is a board member and treasurer for two nonprofits focused on promoting STEM in underrepresented  communities – José Valdés Math Foundation and Great Minds in STEM (GMiS). He is a  two-time GMiS Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award Conference (HENAAC)  award winner. 

José has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from California State University,  Northridge, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He  has certificate degrees from UCLA in Astronautical Engineering and the Anderson  Business School’s Executive Program. José is also a Certified Professional Diversity  Coach with a strong passion to help others achieve their goals. 

He is of Puerto Rican and Salvadorian descent, born and raised in California. José is married, and has two sons, a stepdaughter and two dogs.