Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, will present “Engineering—A Look to its Future in Business,” at West Virginia University on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The lecture, which is at 10 a.m. in room G102 of the Engineering Sciences Building, Evansdale campus, is part of the Glen H. Hiner Distinguished Lecture Series in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
A West Virginia native, Bush was elected to Northrop Grumman’s Board of Directors in 2009, assumed the role of CEO and president in 2010 and assumed the role of chairman in 2011. Northrop Grumman is a leader in global security.
Bush was instrumental in helping the company open its seventh National Work Force Center at the Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. The company additionally supports several U.S. government projects from four locations in West Virginia. These include work with the Department of Defense developing biometric systems that protect military and civilian employment installation in combat areas worldwide; as well as software independent verification and validation for NASA.
Bush previously served as the president and chief operating officer of the company. Before that, he served as the corporate vice president and chief financial officer, and, earlier, as the president of the company’s Space Technology sector. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by Northrop Grumman, he had served since 2001 as president and chief executive officer for TRW’s UK-based global Aeronautical Systems. Bush joined TRW in 1987 as a systems engineer, and served in engineering, program management and business development roles in TRW’s Space & Electronics business. Prior to joining TRW, he held engineering positions with both the Aerospace Corporation and Comsat Labs.
Bush earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed the University of California, Los Angeles’ Executive Management Program. Bush serves on the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation. He also serves on boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Conservation International and the Business-Higher Education Forum. In 2008, Bush was appointed to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
The Glen H. Hiner Distinguished Lecture Series is named in honor of the outstanding alumnus who, in 2005, established an endowment to support the deanship of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU.
Glen H. Hiner graduated from WVU’s Department of Electrical Engineering in 1957, and then embarked on an outstanding 35-year career with General Electric. In 1992, he became chief executive officer of Owens Corning. He has served on several College of Engineering and Mineral Resources’ advisory committees, as a visiting professor in the WVU College of Business and Economics, and as a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.
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