Northrop Grumman’s Arik Brown and Kimberly Cross Honored at 2019 Black Engineer of the Year STEM

WASHINGTON D.C. – Feb. 12, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) employees Arik Brown and Kimberly Cross were honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference held this weekend in Washington D.C. Thirteen Northrop Grumman employees were also recognized as BEYA Modern-Day Technology Leaders.


Kimberly Cross

Jones, a member of the company’s corporate policy council, leads a Northrop Grumman organization that is a recognized leader in integrated logistics; sustainment; modernization; defense, health, civil and government services; and training solutions. He was the named the Black Engineer of the Year at the 2016 BEYA conference. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned two master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and engineering management from the University of Dayton, and a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.


Arik Brown

Brown, a consulting system architect in Northrop Grumman Mission Systems received a 2019 BEYA Industry Professional Achievement award, which goes to an experienced, mid-professional who has made significant advances in a STEM career and has served as a role model for others. He was named a Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow in 2018 and has authored many technical publications.  He was a nominee for a 2011 BEYA Outstanding Technical Contribution award and a recipient of a 2008 BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader Award. He is an active STEM volunteer in his community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s and doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

        Cross, a manager of systems survivability engineering in Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, received a 2019 BEYA Industry Most Promising Engineer award which is given to an early career professional who demonstrates tremendous potential for future technical contributions. She has authored technical publications and also given presentations. She is the advisory board chairperson of the western region of the National Society of Black Engineers. Cross earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California Riverside, and a master’s and doctorate degree in chemical engineering from University of California Los Angeles.

            The 13 Northrop Grumman employees who were honored as BEYA Modern-Day Technology Leaders are: Akeem Anthony, Andrew Barnes, Brad Douglas, Malika Grayson, Robert Jones, Anwar Kittrell, Lakisha Platenburg, Julian Purvis, Teddy Sedalor, Raven Sims, Michael Tillman, Melanie Tolbert and Kenneth Venzant.

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