Jeff Sneller is Northrop Grumman’s Chief Engineer across strategic Overhead Persistent Infrared and Geospatial Satellite systems, including the LEO Tracking Layer, Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, and the Next Generation Polar program. He has 30 years of experience in architecture, development, and operations of airborne and space systems for both U.S. and international customers. He has held numerous technical leadership roles at Northrop Grumman, previously serving as Chief Engineer for three restricted space programs; Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow for Remote Sensing Systems; principal investigator and program manager for technology R&D projects; and satellite I&T and mission operations engineer for the DSP OPIR program. During his tenure as a Technical Fellow, he focused on system architectures, performance modeling, and AI-based tasking optimization algorithms for persistent overhead ISR systems.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2000, he was an advanced design engineer for aircraft rapid development at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Jeff holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering from Stanford University.