REDONDO BEACH, Calif., June 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Vesna Radisic, an electrical engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Space Technology sector, has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Outstanding Young Engineer Award for 2007.

The award was presented to Radisic at the annual International Microwave Symposium on June 6, 2007 in Honolulu. Radisic is being recognized for her leadership in microwave applications of defected ground structures, active antennas and millimeter wave electronics and her contributions to the IEEE MTT Society. She is the sixth individual to receive the award.

"This award signifies world-wide acknowledgement of Vesna's contributions by the most prestigious society in the field of microwave and millimeter-wave technology. It is perhaps the highest honor that a young microwave/millimeter-wave engineer can receive," said Tom Best, director of Engineering's Radio Frequency Products organization at Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector. "Vesna's expertise, innovation, and energy make her a valuable resource for mentoring circuit designers; guiding technical strategy for proposals, research and development; and troubleshooting circuits for our core programs."

As a senior section head within the RF Product Center, Radisic mentors a team of Monolithic Microwave Integrate Circuit (MMIC) design engineers and develops designs for MMIC products in addition to pursuing her own development efforts in millimeter-wave MMIC design.

Since joining Northrop Grumman in 2002, Rasidic has designed the first Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (HBT) and High-Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT)-based fundamental oscillators working above 300 GHz, which uniquely enhance the performance of sensors and communications systems. She has also developed a 346 GHz HEMT oscillator MMIC, which is the highest frequency fundamental oscillator demonstrated using a 3-terminal device. Her work with the millimeter wave band increases the possibility of using point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications applications more efficiently due to higher frequencies and a higher density of users, with the potential to eventually replace or supplement fiber optics.

Radisic earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Serbia's University of Belgrade in 1991, ranking at the top of her class. She went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Boulder, Colorado, and doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles, both in Electrical Engineering.

The Microwave Theory and Techniques Society is one of nearly 50 societies and councils that make up the IEEE. MTT-S promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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