updated 11/14/2010 2:45:24 PM ET 2010-11-14T19:45:24

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ronald Smith, vice president of mission assurance for Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Systems sector, was recently named a California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University 2010 College of Engineering Honored Alumnus in recognition of his leadership and professional accomplishments. This is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus by the Cal Poly College of Engineering.

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Smith graduated from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering. He is a member of the Cal Poly President's Cabinet.

"Cal Poly is proud that this distinguished individual is one of our own," said Dennis Derickson, department chair, Cal Poly College of Engineering Electrical Engineering Department. "Ron has helped promote electrical engineering as a career choice among prospective students, and served as an exemplary role model for future engineers both at Cal Poly and in primary and secondary schools. It's fitting that he should receive the highest honor given to Cal Poly alumni."

Smith joined TRW in 1982 and Northrop Grumman via the TRW acquisition. He has held many technical and managerial positions related to the development of electrical communications hardware for satellite systems. He was also responsible for the design and development of all electrical hardware for flight programs including radio frequency, digital, mixed signal and power and control disciplines, and flight-embedded software.

In his present role, Smith leads the sector's activities to drive disciplined programs, engineering and process management principles to deliver quality products and services, enhanced productivity and assured program performance.

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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