REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Alexis C. Livanos, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) corporate vice president and president of the company's Space Technology sector, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of his contributions to engineering.

The Academy said Livanos was elected to the NAE "for contributions to the development and insertion of advanced semiconductor technology for commercial and government space systems." He is one of 65 new members who will be formally inducted in October.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The Academy noted that membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Livanos joins 12 current or former Northrop Grumman executives who are NAE members, among them Tom Romesser, vice president and general manager of Technology and Emerging Systems Division, and Dwight Streit, vice president of Microelectronics Technology and Technical Development, both at the Space Technology sector.

At Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Livanos is responsible for sector operations, where a broad range of systems at the leading edge of space, defense and electronics technology are developed. Previously, Livanos served as sector vice president and general manager for two divisions, Systems Development and Technology and Space Sensors Division, within the company's Electronic Systems sector. He served as deputy general manager for the former TRW Electronic Systems and Technology Division and later as executive vice president of operations for Space Systems/Loral. He has participated in the successful launch of 43 satellites.

Livanos has more than 30 years' experience in research and applications in the fields of microelectronics, solid-state physics, electro-optics and signal processing. He introduced III-V compound semiconductors to space, including gallium arsenide (GaAs) MESFETs, HEMTs, and HBTs, resulting in unprecedented capability and performance for a number of highly significant national security spacecraft systems. He has led advanced research programs in GaAs and indium phosphide semiconductor devices, fiber optics and electro-optic subsystems, leading to an array of new government applications. He also has published numerous technical papers.

Livanos holds numerous leadership positions within defense industry organizations and the engineering and educational communities. He is a member of the National Board of Directors, National Defense Industries Association; Chair of the Intelligence Committee within the C4ISR Division, National Defense Industries Association; serves on the Space Foundation Board of Directors; and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

At the California Institute of Technology, Livanos is a Member of the Visiting Committee for the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (GALCIT). Additionally, he serves on the Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors, University of Southern California.

Livanos earned a bachelor's degree with honors in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in engineering science, and a Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology. He taught applied physics at Caltech for two years as a post-doctorate fellow. In 2008, Caltech is honoring Livanos with two of its highest awards: the prestigious International von Karman Wings Award, presented by GALCIT's Aerospace Historical Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Livanos helps guide California science and business organizations as a California Council on Science & Technology Fellow, having chaired the Council's 'Best and Brightest Task Force,' and additionally serves on the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 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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