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February 4, 2002

Northrop Grumman's James F. Pitts is 2002 Engineer of Year

On Wednesday, February 20, the UMBC College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board will honor James F. Pitts as the 2002 Engineer of the Year. Pitts is Vice President and General Manager of the Aerospace Systems Division of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Systems Sector.

Since joining Northrop in 1973, Pitts has spent nearly 30 years building a career and a record of distinguished achievements in aviation electronics. He has worked on systems for the Light Helicopter and Advanced Tactical Fighter and F-22 fighter plane programs. Pitts has also been involved with development and production of combat and transport aircraft tactical and fire control radars, including systems for the F-16, F-22, B-1B and C-130.

Pitts supervised the development of a wide range of classified programs, including the Advanced Air-to-Air Missile (AAAM) for the U.S. Navy. He holds three patents in support of various electronic warfare techniques and developments.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Pitts earned bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his professional accomplishments, his civic leadership includes service on the boards of the United Way of Central Maryland, the Maryland Science Center, Carroll County Hospital and the Johns Hopkins National Advisory Council.

Pitts will be honored in a ceremony at the University Center Ballroom from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on February 20. Proceeds from the event benefit the Engineer of the Year scholarship fund.

Charles Rose

Posted by dwinds1 at February 4, 2002 12:00 AM