LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees, Clayton K.S. Kau and Aaron K. Oki, received awards for their contributions in science, engineering, and their communities at the 2008 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) awards in Richardson, Texas on March 1.

Kau is the vice president and general manager of Space and Defense Products Division, and Oki is a technical fellow and deputy director of microelectronics. Both work at the company's Space Technology sector.

"Both Clayton and Aaron are deserving of this great award," said Alexis Livanos, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector. "The company is honored and proud to have such distinguished and accomplished employees. Both have made major contributions to the company's stature as a technology and industry leader."

Kau is responsible for all design and manufacturing activities and processes within the company's Space Technology sector. He is also responsible for all microelectronics process development and fabrication. Previously, he was the vice president and program manager of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) program. Advanced EHF is the nation's next-generation, military strategic and tactical relay system, which will deliver survivable protected communications to U.S. forces and selected allies worldwide.

Kau earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in electrical engineering and his engineer's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Oki leads a 300-member team in the development and production of advanced compound semiconductor technologies. He was named a fellow by the IEEE Board of Directors for his work on compound semiconductor technologies and has also been recognized by the company's Chairman's/President's Award for Innovation in gallium arsenide and indium phosphide heterojunction bipolar transistor technologies.

He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Hawaii and a master's degree in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

The AAEOY awards are presented by the Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA to Asian American professionals in academia, public service and corporate entities for their personal achievements and significant contributions to their associated institution, communities and nation.

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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