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A restaurant customer helped launch Chris Hernandez's aerospace career

LOS ANGELES – Chris Hernandez, 59, is sector vice president of research, technology and engineering at Northrop Grumman Corp. He oversees the Aerospace Systems unit's 11,000 engineers, who are located in several sites in Southern California and Melbourne, Fla. Hernandez also leads part of Northrop Grumman's NG Next division, which focuses on basic research, applied technology, advanced design and rapid prototyping.

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