Dr. Willie Krenz is chief velocity officer of The Aerospace Corporation. He assumed this position on April 1, 2017. In this role, he oversees and facilitates actions designed to accomplish work more quickly, eliminating unnecessary processes that hinder efficiency. He also has oversight responsibility for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Facilities, and Security and Safety.
Prior to his current role, Krenz was chief information officer, responsible for overseeing and managing the corporation’s capabilities related to computing resources and infrastructure including strategic planning, policy initiatives, customer support, and the development of applications critical to the success of the information technology program.
Previously, Krenz was general manager of the Computers and Software Division, leading efforts to support the company’s customers in the areas of computer science and technology, computer systems engineering, and software engineering and acquisition.
Krenz joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1985 as a member of the technical staff in the Control Analysis Department, Vehicle Systems Division. He was promoted in 1987 to engineering specialist within the Advanced Projects and Technology Department. In 1989 he became a manager in the Control Analysis Department. He was promoted to director of Space Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering Division, in 1994, and in 1999 he was appointed principal director of the Research and Program Development Office, Engineering and Technology Group. Before being named general manager, Krenz was principal director of Developmental Planning in the Office of the Corporate Chief Architect/Engineer.
Krenz holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated on the identification and control of nonlinear systems.
Awards and Honors
Krenz is the recipient of the 2013 CIO Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award.
Krenz is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the USC Industry Advisory Board.