Tarun Soni, PhD

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Tarun Soni, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Doctor of Philosophy
University of California, San Diego

Masters in Business Administration
University of California Los Angeles

Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
University of California, San Diego

Master of Sciences in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, San Diego

Bachelor of Technology
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay


Tarun Soni Ph.D., is the Chief Engineer responsible for strategy and technology within the Communications Division at Northrop Grumman, where he focuses on technology strategy and new market discovery.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he was a business area director at Argon ST (sold to Boeing) in their San Diego, California operations, responsible for strategy, business development and business growth. One key program he managed was a complex communications payload for an 18 satellite constellation. Six of these satellites have been launched and are providing service to the machine-to-machine marketplace.

Earlier he was the chief engineer for Tactical Systems within General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, responsible for all technology related functions, including internal research and development. In prior positions, Dr. Soni has led teams in a wide variety of high-technology organizations such as NASA and startup companies. His technology experience ranges from chip design to sensor processing and software development for embedded, real-time systems.

Besides his association with the Management of Technology program at the University of Minnesota, his diverse experience base also includes teaching in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Soni is the author of more than 30 publications and sits on the technical review committee of several conferences. He has a doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests stray towards understanding complex systems.

Alternate Job Roles
Chief Engineer
Communications Division
Northrop Grumman

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Communication Systems, Complex system behavior, Technology Forecasting, System of Systems Behavior, Secure Networking


  • Executive leadership
  • Technology management
  • R&D management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Roadmap development
  • New market discovery
  • Strategy development
  • Organizational management
  • Project management and execution
  • Communications and Networking
  • Embedded systems
  • Defense Networks
  • Real time software
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Multi-function systems

M.S in Management of Technology

Currently Teaching Courses
Marketing Management For Technology-­Based Organizations (MOT 8111)
Managing Organizations In A Technological Environment (MOT 8121)