Krannert Executive Forum: Rho Cauley Bruner

Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) Integrated Product Team Lead, Northrop Grumman


  1. Since 2014, Rho Cauley Bruner has been the Triton program’s Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) Integrated Product Team Lead, responsible for the flight control software, guidance and control, flight critical avionics and closed loop simulation. During her tenure, the program has completed several milestones, including completion of initial envelope expansion flight testing, ferry flight of the aircraft to PAX River and operational assessment. Her current efforts are focused on completing preparations for Early Operational Capability (EOC).
  2. Rho joined Northrop Grumman in 2002 following college graduation, and has over 13 years of experience in the areas of development, integration, system test, flight test, and airworthiness. Rho began her career as a VMS engineer on the Global Hawk program, transitioned to a responsible engineer for ATDC and served as Euro Hawk deputy chief engineer prior to her current role on the Triton Program.
  3. Rho earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2002 with a focus in control systems, and a MBA from the Krannert School of Management in 2009 with concentrations in finance and operations.