Danielle Bernstein is the principal director of the Federal and Commercial Programs Directorate within the Civil Systems Group (CSG) at The Aerospace Corporation. Bernstein supports corporate strategy and business operations and oversees direct support to a diverse federal customer base including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) within NOAA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Bernstein also oversees Aerospace’s direct commercial programs, which provides a broad range of technical support to the growing U.S. and international space sector. Prior to her current position, Bernstein cofounded Aerospace’s Space Safety Institute (SSI) with Dr. Josef Koller.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Bernstein served as the senior program director of the BAE Systems Maritime Services Directorate, where she led and directed customer-focused business operations technical services for a portfolio of programs for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Previously, she was director, Maritime Training and Simulation Technologies at CSC, Inc. (divested as CSRA Inc) and provided technical leadership and portfolio management of modeling and simulation (M&S) solutions. The M&S product and service offerings provided highly interactive, immersive ship handling training systems based on virtual reality technologies and hydrodynamic modeling of vessel behavior in a wide variety of maritime conditions. Bernstein began her career at TRW, Inc. (acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation) as a software engineer supporting the implementation of a highly distributed, resilient communications system for the Department of Defense. She spent seven years as deputy program manager overseeing the operations of several contractor companies providing operational productivity tools to the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO’s) Operational Support Office.
Bernstein earned a master’s degree in systems engineering from University of Virginia. From University of California, Irvine, she earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and economics. She graduated from the Georgetown University International Executive MBA program and completed the Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management Executive Leadership Certificate Program.
Awards and Honors
Bernstein received the 2005 CSC North American Public Sector (NPS) President’s Award for Process Improvement, the 2003 CSC Letter of Commendation for Leadership, and has received similar achievement awards throughout her career.