Robert F. Brammer

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Northrop Grumman Information Technology


Petascale Computing and Economic Development

As the leading provider of information technology systems and services to the US public sector, Northrop Grumman is involved in many applications of very high performance computing and networking. Many of these are related to economic development through improved state and local government services and public safety, through improved understanding of climate impacts on human populations and economies, and through improved analysis and prediction of public health. This talk will summarize some key technology developments leading to petascale and exascale computing applications with implications for various types of economic development.


Dr. Robert F. Brammer is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) Sector. He is responsible for the sector's technology strategy and investments and for technology oversight on major programs and proposals. Current major IT sector investment areas include advanced wireless, satellite, and optical networks, information operations and security engineering, large-scale information and knowledge management, enterprise systems and managed services, and software and enterprise engineering. He also leads the ongoing development of Northrop Grumman's TRIADTM network, a nationwide network of state of the art laboratories for advanced information technology, networking, and security research.

Prior to assuming IT sector responsibilities, Dr. Brammer was CTO for TASC, an advanced technology business unit of Northrop Grumman IT. In that capacity, he was responsible for TASC's technology strategy and investments. He also worked on a dual assignment as the CTO for Primark, a previous TASC parent corporation in the 1990s and a global financial services company. He led technology infusion from TASC into Primark global financial information services businesses with emphasis on telecommunications, web technology, security, and analytics.

Prior to serving as TASC's CTO, Dr. Brammer was director of its Physical Sciences Division. He began its weather-related business and several applications of earth and environmental remote-sensing technologies. He led numerous research and development programs in high-performance computing, digital image processing and geophysical sciences for programs within the U.S. national security community. He also led the development of the first commercial weather satellite ground station, as part of a real-time commercial weather information business.

Before joining the company, Dr. Brammer was with NASA where he worked on Apollo and Skylab. His work focused on real-time software for tracking, command, telemetry and communications.

Dr. Brammer has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Maryland. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He received achievement awards for work on the Apollo program and for principal investigator research on NASA and NOAA satellite remote-sensing programs. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a senior member or member of several other professional societies, including the IEEE, MAA, SIAM, SMPTE and AGU. Dr. Brammer has published numerous scientific and technical research papers in the journals and conferences of these societies.

He has served on advisory boards for the Department of Defense (Defense Science Board), the National Academy of Sciences, the Naval Studies Board, the National Science Foundation, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and NASA. He is also a member of the External Relations Council for the Internet2 Consortium. Dr. Brammer was recently named by Security Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry for 2007.

updated: 2008-10-15