Director, Manufacturing Engineering & Tooling Operations
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Dean Hilgenberg is the director of manufacturing engineering and tooling global operations at Northrop Grumman, where he has been employed since 1985. Having spent 50 percent of his time at the company in technical and leadership roles on multiple programs, 30 percent of it as the leader of integrated product teams, and 20 percent in capture and program start-up, he has a unique perspective on the interrelationship between many facets of Northrop Grumman leadership.
Prior to his current position, Hilgenberg served as a manufacturing engineering manager and director of production for special programs at Northrop Grumman. He also served in a number of positions specific to F-35 fighter jets, including integrated product team leader for composite structures and internal fabrication, center fuselage IPT deputy, PMC/ESMC production/definition integrator, center fuselage product definition deputy, and integrated product team leader for center forward fuselage.