LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Nora Lin has been named president-elect of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Lin has held various leadership positions within the organization at local, regional and national levels. She also works closely with and supports SWE collegiate sections.

Six years ago, Lin initiated the creation of a corporate-wide Northrop Grumman employee group in support of SWE and chaired the first group.

"It is an honor to help lead this organization and work with such a talented group of women," Lin said. "The organization stimulates and nurtures women to achieve their full potential and helps them earn recognition for their contributions as engineers and leaders within their field. I am pleased to see within Northrop Grumman an increase in SWE membership and participation at the SWE national conference."

Lin has more than 25 years of experience working as an engineer in the defense industry. She has been a Northrop Grumman employee for the past 15 years in the Defensive Systems Division of the company's Electronic Systems sector. She started her career as an associate scientific programmer and later became a software engineering technical lead/manager and led engineering teams in the development of relational database applications and real-time software for several military programs. Since 2002, Lin has been the manager of the Supportability Engineering group at the company's Rolling Meadows, Ill., facility. In addition, she led the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI(r)) initiative and obtained the accreditation of CMMI Maturity Level 3 rating for Systems and Software Engineering at her site in 2007. Currently, she continues to support the CMMI initiative and prepare the site to pursue higher maturity level.

Lin earned a Bachelor's of Science in physics at Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering in Taiwan and earned a master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Northrop Grumman employees Suzanne Jenniches and Alma Martinez Fallon are past SWE presidents.

SWE gives women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for its members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's engineering and technology specialties.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a 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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