REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) executive Thomas E. Romesser, was recently selected for a three-year term on the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR). Romesser is vice president of technology development for the Advanced Programs and Technology Division of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector and the sector's chief technologist.

The Roundtable's approximately two dozen members are selected in recognition of their distinguished achievements in original aeronautical and engineering research. The organization supports NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and convenes highly acclaimed representatives from industry, universities and NASA to define and explore critical issues related to NASA's aeronautics research agenda that are of shared interest; to frame systems-level research issues; and, to explore options for public-private partnerships that could support rapid, high-confidence knowledge transfer. This forum facilitates candid dialogue among participants, fosters greater partnership among the NASA-related aeronautics community, and, where appropriate, carries awareness of consequences to the wider public.

As a member of the Roundtable, hosted by the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the NRC, Romesser will contribute to general discussions and thought leadership and serve on the Unmanned Systems task force, focusing on a wide range of topics including the operation of unmanned air vehicles in National Air Space.

Romesser has served the aerospace community for more than 35 years, starting with TRW. He has been instrumental in advancing knowledge and applications in directed energy technology, spacecraft design and propulsion, and sensor development, among many other technological domains.

Romesser earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. He is also a graduate of the USC Executive Management Program. Romesser was elected a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society in 2002 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in February 2003.

The NRC is part of the congressionally chartered National Academies of Science set up to meet the government's need for an independent advisor on scientific matters and to "investigate, examine, experiment and report upon any subject of science." Besides the NRC, the Academies of Science include the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.

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