Alumnus Receives Top Award

Northrop Grumman employee and UCF alumnus, Omar Thompson, ’01, received a Special Recognition award at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference held Feb. 7-9 in Washington, D.C. Omar_Thompson

BEYA acknowledges excellence in accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Award recipients were recognized for their dedication to community service, educational leadership and outstanding technical contribution, among other contributions.

Omar Thompson, ’01, is a senior reliability engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector. Thompson has provided reliability engineering for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and at Northrop Grumman has helped improve field reliability for U.S. government and NATO customers, saving more than $100 million. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology, master’s degrees in industrial engineering and modeling and simulation, and a doctorate in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida.

“We proudly congratulate our employees for receiving these distinctive awards, which demonstrate their commitment to Northrop Grumman, their communities and their professional development. We also thank BEYA for once again holding this important conference and awards ceremony that promotes expanded involvement in STEM fields, which is so critical to our nation,” said Denise Peppard, Northrop Grumman vice president and chief human resources officer.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

Read the full story about Thompson’s award from Yahoo! Finance here.

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