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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 29, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 9
Northrop Grumman Head to Give Blumenthal Lecture, Receive Award

By Phil Sneiderman

Ronald D. Sugar, chairman and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corp., will be the honored guest and speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at a technology management lecture and award program established by a Johns Hopkins graduate and his wife.

This year's Sydney and Mitzi Blumenthal Lecture and Award for Contributions to Management in Technology program will be held at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium, room B12, of the Computational Science and Engineering Building on the Homewood campus.

In his lecture, titled "Defining the Future," Sugar will discuss the vision and foresight needed to exploit technology to its best advantage. He will talk about engineering trends and capabilities currently under development, as well as their implications for the future.

Sugar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He joined Northrop Grumman following its 2001 acquisition of Litton Industries, where he had served as president and chief operating officer. Today, Northrop Grumman employs 120,000 people in all 50 states and in 25 countries.

Prior to Sugar's lecture, President William R. Brody and Mitzi Blumenthal are scheduled to present remarks. Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School, will introduce the speaker and present the award. After the program, a reception will be held in the lobby.

Sydney Blumenthal, who died in 1999, earned an electrical engineering degree at Johns Hopkins in 1937 and went on to become chairman of the Blumenthal-Khan Electrical Limited Partnerships, a contracting company based in Owings Mills. In 1993, he and his wife endowed the award and lecture to enrich the educational experience at Johns Hopkins. The lecture allows students to hear distinguished speakers talk about such topics as business management, entrepreneurship, law and ethics, and how these topics apply to engineering and technology.

Those who plan to attend are asked to place a reservation by calling 410-516-8723 or sending e- mail to


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