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18 February 2008


NGST’s Livanos elected member of National Academy of Engineering

Alexis C. Livanos, corporate VP at defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp and president of its Space Technology sector (NGST) of Redondo Beach, CA, USA, has been elected a member of the USA’s National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of his contributions to engineering. He is one of 65 new members to be formally inducted in October.

Picture: Alexis C. Livanos.

Livanos was elected for “contributions to the development and insertion of advanced semiconductor technology for commercial and government space systems”. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Livanos joins 12 current or former Northrop Grumman executives who are NAE members, among them Tom Romesser (VP and general manager of Technology and Emerging Systems Division) and Dwight Streit (VP of Microelectronics Technology and Technical Development), both at NGST.

At NGST, Livanos is responsible for sector operations, where a broad range of systems in space, defense and electronics technology are developed. Previously, he was sector VP and general manager for two divisions, Systems Development and Technology and Space Sensors Division, within the firm’s Electronic Systems sector. He also served as deputy general manager for the former TRW Electronic Systems and Technology Division and later as executive VP of operations for Space Systems/Loral.

During more than 30 years’ experience in research and applications in microelectronics, solid-state physics, electro-optics and signal processing, Livanos introduced III-V compound semiconductors to space (including gallium arsenide MESFETs, HEMTs, and HBTs), enhancing the capability and performance of national security spacecraft systems. He has also led research programs in gallium arsenide and indium phosphide devices, fiber optics and electro-optic subsystems, leading to an array of new government applications.

Livanos has a Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology, where he also taught applied physics for two years as a post-doctorate fellow. In 2008, Caltech is honoring Livanos with the International von Karman Wings Award, presented by GALCIT's Aerospace Historical Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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