LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been ranked as one of the 2007 Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in an annual survey conducted by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

The survey, in its fifth year, was completed by the engineering deans of the 11 HBCU engineering programs and the Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering corporate-academic alliance.

"Northrop Grumman is delighted and honored to receive this HBCU award," said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Northrop Grumman. "This reflects on our long-standing commitment to diversity and education, especially in the fields of math, science and engineering."

The 11 HBCUs that participated in the survey were: Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and A&M College, Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University. These 11 schools produce 33 percent of the country's black engineers.

In making their decision, HBCUs judged companies on criteria including: support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research, participation on advisory councils, faculty development opportunities, scholarships, student projects, stipends, co-ops and career opportunities.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Bruce Lundy
          Northrop Grumman Corporation          
          (310) 201-1616