updated 9/2/2010 7:45:58 AM ET 2010-09-02T11:45:58

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Harvey Berger was honored with the AIAA Aerospace Communications Award for his contributions to satellite communications link technology, in a ceremony at the Anaheim Convention Center today.

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"Northrop Grumman applauds Harvey Berger for his outstanding contributions to satellite communications," said John Daegele, engineering vice president for Space Systems at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Harvey is our communication system engineering technical fellow, and the person to call when we have a difficult technical communications problem to solve or a creative communications solution to develop. He has been invaluable, and has helped us deliver products that meet our U.S. government customers' difficult but critical mission requirements."

"Harvey's achievements show an incredible track record of significant technical contributions in all aspects of space communications systems engineering on nearly every satellite Northrop Grumman has launched in the last three decades, accomplishments benefiting our company, our nation, and indeed our society," said Tom Zeiller, director of systems engineering for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems. 

Berger, a technical fellow for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif., was honored for his technical achievements, his role serving as a mentor at Northrop Grumman and his involvement in the satellite communications field which spans more than 40 years.

Berger earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information and algebraic coding theory from Cornell University. He is a national resource for data link technology and a technical fellow, the highest technical grade at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Berger's contributions through analysis, design, consultation and mentoring have influenced most technically significant satellite communications links developed by Northrop Grumman over the past four decades. He is a recognized expert in his field and his inventions span the range of satellite communications payload architecture to interaction between communications and spacecraft sensors. Berger has been awarded 15 patents with others pending.

The AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC-2010), in its 28th year, explores the state of the art and potential solutions to the explosive demand for bandwidth and the need to provide broadband services in areas previously deemed economically or technically unfeasible. AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org 

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. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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