LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2009 -- At a banquet celebrating engineering accomplishments, 26 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions during 2008 by the Engineers' Council, an independent non-profit group that is dedicated to advancing the art and science of engineering and provides public recognition of engineering achievements.
The council recognized the following for most distinguished achievements:
-- Doug Fronius, director of Tactical Unmanned Systems of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, received the Jack Northrop Spirit of Innovation Award. Fronius is an engineer, mechanic, pilot and executive. The Jack Northrop Spirit of Innovation award honors individual technical contributions that inspire and advance the progress of the industry. This award commemorates the vision perseverance and engineering prowess of the company's founder, whose achievements and techniques broke the barriers of traditional aircraft design. -- Frank Flores, vice president of Engineering for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, is recognized as Engineer of the Year for his outstanding effort to influence and increase interest and awareness of Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) fields and careers in youth. -- Alex Fax, director of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions for Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, part of the company's Electronic Systems sector, received a Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award for advancement of novel navigation solutions for non-traditional applications operating in challenging environments. -- Robert Grethel, manager of the Navigation Systems Analysis Group for Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, received a Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award for major contributions to the science and engineering of multi-sensor integrated inertial navigation system that are of significant benefit to the United States military and security of the nation.
"Northrop Grumman is proud of these outstanding employees," said Gary Ervin, president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "These technical professionals help make our company shine with their impressive backgrounds and achievements in various programs within the aerospace industry. It is their commitment and dedication that places us in a position of growth and strength."
"We are very proud that these individuals representing Northrop Grumman have been recognized and honored by their peers in the aerospace industry," said Charles Volk, vice president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division.
The Engineers' Council presented a total of 99 awards at the Honors and Awards Banquet in Universal City, Calif. on Feb 28, one of the largest celebrations of National Engineers Week (Feb. 15 - 21) in the nation.
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.
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