Marquis Top Engineers

Francis Foley

Title: Chief Engineer and Owner
Company: F2CO Technical Services
Location: Corona, California, United States

Francis Foley, chief engineer and owner at F2CO Technical Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in software engineering.

Mr. Foley embarked on his professional journey by earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering with minors in mechanical engineering and computer science from Northeastern University in 1981. He went on to complete a software safety engineering certificate program at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988 and a safety professional certificate program from the System Safety Society in 1994. He also underwent a system engineering certificate program with the California Institute of Technology in 1996.

Before establishing his company, Mr. Foley began his career as an engineer II with Northrop Aircraft in 1981 and was a principal engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1984. He then served as an associate technical fellow for software safety and engineer six for The Boeing Company in 1998 until rejoining the Northrop Grumman Corporation as a program lead and software system safety engineer five in 2002. He was promoted to a lead for the Global Hawk System safety program in 2007 and to an associate technical fellow and engineer six in 2009. Mr. Foley continued his career as the chief engineer for Foley Engineering in 2017, working in a consulting capacity for several modest contracting assignments until he was approached by NASA for his present role. Since 2021, he has focused his efforts working on a contract with NASA to serve as a system safety consultant for two programs at the Armstrong Flight Research Center located at the Edwards Air Force Base. 

Leveraging more than four decades of excellence in software safety and engineering within the aerospace industry, Mr. Foley has also earned distinction as the owner and chief engineer for F2CO Technical Services. Additionally, he was a member of the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy Recipient Team, recognized for their contributions to the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System project, in which he served as the lead software safety engineer. Mr. Foley was also admitted as a software engineering associate technical fellow and engineering fellow in software system safety engineering by the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He also was listed in the Wall of Honor Certificate of Registry of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in 2017 and received a Strathmore’s Who’s Who Award “for Pioneering Achievements in the Advancement of Software Safety Techniques for the DoD and Industry.”

Also dedicated to civil advocacy, Mr. Foley has a profound passion for STEM and has delivered presentations to senior classes at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. Within the coming years, he intends to transition his career to teaching at a community college or volunteering to give back to his community. Recognized as an industry expert in software safety by one of the founders of the System Safety Society, Mr. Foley is proud to have served as the lead software safety engineer for the B-2 Bomber under a recommendation from the United States Air Force director of the B-2 Bomber Program Office to spearhead the development of their software system safety handbook. Thanks to his work, he became a key member of a United States Air Force committee entrusted with the handbook’s development for the United States Department of Defense.

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