December 09, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Northrop Grumman Corporate Vice President Dr. Alexis C. Livanos, President of the Space Technology (NGST) Sector, has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the IS Associates Executive Leadership Award. The award, given annually by UCLA Anderson School of Management, recognizes senior general executives in Southern California who do an extraordinary job of driving information technology (IT) within their organization. The award will be presented to Dr. Livanos at the IS Associates 20th Executive Leadership Dinner on Dec. 10, 2008, at the UCLA campus.

"Technology strategy, planning and deployment within an enterprise are the building blocks of an effective technology operation. When technology becomes a strategic driver of the business, it is part of the leadership agenda," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "Dr. Livanos is such a leader who uses technology as a critical business lever to improve internal management and increase NGST's competitive business advantage."

Dr. Livanos is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology Sector, a multi-billion dollar engineering and technology based entity within the corporation's aerospace and defense operation. He has long exploited innovative technologies to increase the sector's competitiveness, such as championing the rollout of a high-performance supercomputing Supercluster at Space Technology. This new Supercluster dramatically reduces the time needed to process complex calculations, maximizing efficiency and producing higher quality solutions. Such an innovation has enabled the group to bring product to market faster, resulting in a competitive advantage for the Space Technology Sector and for Northrop Grumman as a whole.

"Dr. Alexis Livanos is a unique leader who has gone above and beyond to leverage the potential that technology offers today," said John Byrnes, the 2008 Chair of the UCLA Anderson IS Associates. "His focus on IT as a means to work more efficiently has increased Northrop Grumman Space Technology program wins, improved morale and built new avenues of communication, making him an ideal recipient of this prestigious award."

In addition to his role as a business leader, Dr. Livanos has harnessed information technology to drive and foster growth within NGST. An early adopter of Web 2.0 technologies among his peers, Dr. Livanos deployed SpaceTech Live, a web forum that allows 8,300 sector employees to engage in constructive dialog on all topics. He also recently introduced a Wiki at Space Technology for sector employees to search, share and store data more efficiently. Dr. Livanos has demonstrated his passion for developing engineers of the future, collaborating with IT organizations to organize a technology career showcase for middle and high-school students and educators. Through the showcase, 600 students from the Los Angeles area were able to meet engineers, scientists and a Northrop Grumman test pilot to see the latest in IT and learn how these technologies are applied. 

"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the IT employees at our sector who made this possible," said Livanos.  "IT helps our company work at its highest level and supplements employees' strengths with applications and technology.  More importantly, it is a competitive discriminator that will be critical to our future in the years to come."

With more than 30 years experience in research and applications in the fields of microelectronics, solid state physics, electro-optics and signal processing, Dr. Livanos has numerous technical achievements, including introducing semiconductors to space. He is a fellow of the California Council on Science & Technology, and chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratory of Caltech (GALCIT).  Dr. Livanos was most recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, and has received the Distinguished Alumni Award and the GALCIT International von Karman Wings Award at Caltech.

About IS Associates
UCLA Anderson IS Associates was established in 1978 as a professional partnership between UCLA Anderson School of Management and corporate and governmental enterprises.  It is dedicated to the more effective management and understanding of information systems, and the more effective leadership of the IS function.  The organization involves senior executives, leading consultants and suppliers, and faculty, staff and students of UCLA Anderson in a program of information-sharing and education.   Membership is open to organizations involved in the professional application of information systems to business and government.  For more information, please visit:

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares students to become global leaders.

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