Rho Cauley Bruner is the Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead on the U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton program. In this role, Cauley has responsibility for the management of VMS Products on the Triton Program including the flight control system, flight critical software, and avionics systems.
Cauley began her career at Northrop Grumman in 2002 as a VMS Hardware Engineer and since then has held roles of increasing responsibility.
Prior to her role on the Triton program, Cauley was the Deputy Chief Engineer for the Euro Hawk program, where she provided technical oversight of the design, integration and test of the German Full Scale Demonstrator System. Cauley was a key member of the team that successfully executed first flight from Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base, envelope expansion testing, and ultimately deployment to Manching Air Base in Germany.
In addition, Cauley served as Airworthiness Manager during the Manching flight test phase. This role involved interfacing with the German Airworthiness Authority, providing technical and airworthiness oversight of maintenance and flight test activities, and the development and implementation of unique local operating procedures.
Cauley has also held multiple other roles on the Global Hawk Program, in both engineering and the program office, including product integration, fielding of production systems, and the development and test of new software and hardware capabilities.
She has also worked on the development of new system architectures, and performed design, test and integration of major subsystems for multiple Independent Research and Development (IRAD) projects.