ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., April 2, 2009 -- Whether they are designing a helicopter or aircraft or making a bouncy ball out of a water balloon, elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Chicagoland area will be learning first-hand about engineering-related careers this spring from teams of engineers at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) through the Discover "E" (E stands for engineering) program.

The National Society of Professional Engineers introduced Discover "E" many years ago as part of an outreach effort aimed to foster student interest in engineering. Northrop Grumman has been a major sponsor of Discover "E" in the Chicagoland area for the past 12 years in an effort to help address a critical national need to identify, cultivate and motive the engineers of tomorrow.

This year, over 45 volunteer engineers from the company's Electronic Systems sector's Rolling Meadows facility will visit more than 25 local schools in Rolling Meadows and the surrounding counties to share their engineering experiences, discuss potential careers in engineering, and involve the students in hands-on, science-related classroom projects and activities. Each school visited will receive a $750 check from Northrop Grumman to support math and science-related programs and activities.

"We are devoted to inspiring our Chicagoland community students' interest in engineering and related fields through hands-on activities during our annual Discover 'E' program," said John Buckley, vice president of engineering, central region for Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "We are always excited to interact with area students as they truly are our future and we want to encourage them to follow their dreams by encouraging life-long learning in math and science."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Ellen Hamilton
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (224) 625-4693