Todd Citron Chief Technology Officer The Boeing Company
AIAA AVIATION Forum 2023
Dr. Todd Citron is the Chief Technology Officer, responsible for developing and executing Boeing’s technology strategy. This includes Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, and AvionX, organizations that are helping create the future by developing and transitioning critical technologies, delivering ground-breaking products, and providing daily program execution support across Boeing. It also includes the engineering oversight and support to the joint ventures at Wisk and SkyGrid. These global teams work in five U.S. and seven international research centers.
Prior to his current role, Citron was vice president of engineering for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, where he was responsible for ensuring world-class technical integrity for all Defense, Space & Security products and services. He led a 20,000-person international engineering organization that included teams across each division of the business.
Citron was previously vice president and chief engineer for Defense, Space & Security Development. There he managed engineering support for key focus programs in the business’s portfolio, improving execution through early deployment of critical resources and proven processes from across the company. His responsibilities also included creating and implementing a strategy to enhance engineering quality and affordability.
Previously, Citron was vice president of Mission Assurance and the senior chief engineer of Systems Engineering for Defense, Space & Security Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for the broad application of systems engineering and risk-reduction principles focused on issue prevention, risk reduction and mission success. He was also responsible for development and deployment of mission success strategy, policy and practices and served as independent approval authority for mission readiness of Defense, Space & Security businesses and programs. As senior chief engineer for Systems Engineering, he focused on technical risks, issues and opportunities, strengthening technical decisions that achieve the “right engineering” the first time.
Earlier in his career, Citron served in a number of business, program management and engineering leadership roles, which included developing advanced space systems such as a small satellite product line (702SP) that has won awards from both Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also created innovative architectures for satellite-based IP data systems and designed the company's first digital payload, later serving as program manager. The technical and financial success of this program led to a multibillion dollar business that is a major part of the Boeing satellite portfolio.
Citron has published numerous technical papers and has three patents in the areas of error correction, signal processing and adaptive antennas. He was also chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering.
Citron received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with distinction from Purdue University and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.