Dr. Todd Citron is Chief Technology Officer and vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), where he oversees the development of technologies that break barriers and increase our competitiveness and the quality of our products. His work also includes oversight of Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, as well as five U.S. and seven international research centers.
Prior to beginning his current role, Citron was vice president for BDS Engineering Defense, Space & Security. In this role, Citron was responsible for ensuring world-class technical integrity for all BDS products and services. He led a 20,000-person international engineering organization that included teams across each BDS division.
Previously, Citron was vice president and chief engineer for BDS Development. There, he managed engineering support for key focus programs in the BDS 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 BDS 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 BDS mission success strategy, policy and practices and served as independent approval authority for mission readiness of BDS 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” right the first time.
Earlier in his career, Citron served in a number of business, program management and engineering leadership roles. These included developing advanced space systems including a new small satellite product line (702SP) that has won awards from both Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He also created innovative architectures for satellite-based IP data systems and designed the company's first digital payload where he later served as program manager. The technical and financial success of this program led to a multi-billion dollar business that is a major part of Boeing's 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 attended Stanford University, where he earned a doctorate and master’s degree in electrical engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with distinction from Purdue University.