Twenty Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems employees graduated with Master's in Systems Engineering from Stevens in January 2012.
The students received their degrees following the completion of a two-and-a-half year degree program, all on their own time. Part of an external education program partnership with Northrop Grumman, students in the Stevens program met on-site in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. for each of their nine courses and completed an 800 capstone project.
A graduation celebration hosted by Stevens was held for the graduates at the San Diego Radisson Suites on Jan. 14 and graduates were also invited to participate in the official commencement ceremonies on May 24 in Hoboken, N.J.
Frank Flores, aerospace engineering vice president of the unmanned systems business at Northrop Grumman, was joined by Ralph Giffin, associate provost for the graduate enterprise at Stevens, to present certificates and congratulate each graduate. Shobi Sivadasan, director of graduate academic operations at Stevens was also in attendance, along with Northrop Grumman leadership, Norm Eng, Tom Zeiller, Frank Carus, Tony Biondolillo, Pat Baccanari, Tony D’Agostino, Thomas McCloud, Paul Reindollar, Scott Shaffar, John Hargrave, Paul Valdes and Pat Neary. Debbie Axe, program training administrator at Northrop Grumman who has coordinated the Stevens programs since 2006, was also in attendance.
This was the sixth Northrop Grumman cohort to have graduated since the first cohort launched in 2004. There are currently seven cohorts underway in El Segundo, Calif., Palmdale, Calif., Redondo Beach, Calif., Bethpage, N.Y., and Denver, Colo. An eighth cohort will begin in Rancho Bernardo in May 2012.