Mr. Dennis K. Rice
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Member, ECE Board of Advisors
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
In February 2011, Dennis K. Rice retired as contractor employee working at the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector in El Segundo, California. Since February 2006 he had been supporting a Sector Engineering program to provide common best-in-class engineering tools/processes to enable work-sharing across the Sector & achieve the “design anywhere” objective. Over 800 Sector level processes/procedures were standardized. It has been successful expediting program standup timelines, enhancing engineering quality & reducing cost of rework for major Sector programs. He also provided advisory support to the newly reformed Corporate University Relations Advisory Board.
From January 1999 until February 2006 Dr. Rice was the Assistant Dean for Planning, Industry Relations, and Administration for the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He helped formulate long term and short term scenarios regarding faculty growth, student growth, space needs and extramural research support. He acted as liaison with industry, collaborating with outside organizations to create and grow academic programs to provide future workforce and technology transfer. He created and managed a Council of Advisors for the College and supported the Department Chairs in creating and managing department advisory boards. He also coordinated College communications efforts by developing strategies to publicize programs, personnel, and facilities and had responsibility for oversight of aspects regarding budgets, space, equipment, staff, personnel matters, health and safety, affirmative action and administrative policies and procedures.
After spending 28 years with the Northrop Grumman Corporation he retired at the end of 1998. He retired as Corporate Vice President for Planning. He managed the Fortune 200 company’s planning process during its growth from $3B to $9B in sales. He also facilitated the process for authorizing annual R&D investments of $300M in products and programs providing for continued growth of the corporation. As chair of the company’s Educational Relations Advisory Board he supervised the distribution of $15-20M to a target set of universities for improved access to technology, business processes, and enhanced recruiting.
Prior to his corporate assignment he was a Division Vice President responsible for all aspects of combining two multi-hundred $M divisions including closing the facilities of one. Previously he was a Division Vice President for Advanced Systems which entailed responsibility for program management, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, marketing, finance, planning and facilities for a high technology business area which eventually generated over $1.5B in sales.
He had previous experience as Division Manager of Advanced Systems, Assistant to Division General Manager for Technology and Planning, Manager of Electro-Optical Engineering, Program Manager for High Power Lasers and Director of Engineering.
During his career he has been recognized in Who’s Who in Technology Today, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Community Leaders in America, Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who in U.S. Executives, and others.
He has been on the Board of Directors of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, Harvey Mudd President’s Advisory Board, Chair of UC Irvine’s Engineering Steering Committee, and other University advisory boards. He currently serves on the Electrical Engineering Advisory Board at UC Riverside.
Dr. Rice was born in Newell, West Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. He attended the University of Southern California and received a M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering. He also attended the Engineering Executive Program and the Advanced Management College at Stanford University and the Executive Program at the University of California, Irvine.
Becky, his wife of 42 years, passed away in December 2012. He has two daughters, a son, two grandsons and a granddaughter. He enjoys golf, exercise, bridge, guitar and singing in the church choir.