ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 28, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- In support of the nationwide student outreach program, Discover Engineering (Discover "E"), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is sending a total of 43 engineering staff members into 20 different Chicago-area schools to give students a better understanding of the contribution engineers make to society.

The annual Discover "E" campaign is an educational initiative aimed at exposing elementary, middle and high school students to engineering in an effort to cultivate an interest in math and science-related careers by bringing engineers into area classrooms. Volunteers spend their day demonstrating to students how math and science skills are applied to careers in engineering through shared experiences, presentations and hands-on science activities.

In addition to time spent with the school children in each classroom, Northrop Grumman is donating $500 to each participating school to support their science and math curricula.

"Northrop Grumman is proud to be involved with any program that supports the schools in our surrounding community, however, participating in Discover "E" is especially rewarding," said Carl Smith, vice president of engineering and manufacturing at Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows. "Our goal is to increase student interest in science, math and technology and demonstrate how these subjects are applied in the real world."

The program is part of Northrop Grumman's co-sponsorship, with the Society of Women Engineers, of National Engineers Week 2006. Engineers Week is a coalition of engineering, education and cultural societies, corporations and government agencies dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to the nation's quality of life.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.