BALTIMORE, Oct. 28, 2009 -- Douglas Orellana, a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), has received the 2009 Promising Engineer of the Year award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) for his outstanding technical accomplishments.

Orellana is a lead integrator of Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) methodology for the Systems Engineering Department at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems business unit in Annapolis, Md. In this role, he proposed and planned the development of a generic unmanned underwater vehicle. He has also proposed and planned training for a systems architecting tool to increase the MBSE capability; and has developed a roadmap for system engineers to start using the tool for new system developments.

"We are very proud of Douglas and his accomplishments," said Richard F. Schmaley, vice president of Human Resources and Administration at Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector. "Northrop Grumman nurtures an inclusive work environment that values employee diversity, enabling all employees to realize their full potential."

Orellana has served as treasurer for SHPE Baltimore for the past two years and has been involved in the organization since helping start the SHPE Johns Hopkins University Chapter. As a member of the executive committee, he assists in planning chapter events and encouraging regional and national participation. Orellana earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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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