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29 Mar 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation hosted government and business leaders at an event last week to mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s Woodland Hills facility. Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division (NSD), addressed the crowd with a short overview of the company and its rich history in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, attendees participated in tours of the facility, including a look at the glass manufacturing lab for the company’s precision navigation products and the situational awareness area that develops integrated cockpits and avionics equipment for aircraft such as the UH-1Y.Event attendees included local community leaders and members of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, as well as government representatives. Ben Harris of U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman’s office honored Northrop Grumman for its 50-year presence in Woodland Hills by presenting a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Building. Additionally, Jarrod DeGonia presented a commendation to the company on behalf of Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky.”We are very pleased that we were able to open our doors to business and community leaders for a special look at our facility,” said Iversen. “We hope that they gained a greater understanding of our longtime presence in the Los Angeles area and our leadership in precision navigation.”As the headquarters of NSD, the Woodland Hills site specializes in the development of inertial navigation systems, inertial sensor technologies, and situational awareness systems for defense and commercial markets. The site drives the company’s navigation systems business, contributing to NSD having more inertial navigation systems used on aircraft than all other manufacturers combined. Since 1961, the facility has grown to occupy eight buildings on a 58-acre campus, which is home to more than 1,200 employees.

26 Mar 12. DRS Technologies, Inc. a Finmeccanica Company announced that students from 13 universities have been invited to develop entries for the 2012 Student Infrared Imaging Competition, sponsored by DRS’ Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group. RSTA has donated two of its tiny Tamarisk™320 thermal imaging cameras to each participating university, and students will compete to develop the most creative way to use the camera in their senior projects or other academic endeavors. The best entry from each school will receive $1,000 from RSTA and become eligible for a $10,000 grand prize. The qualifying universities were chosen by DRS based on a variety of factors to include their leadership in the field of imaging technology. Students pursuing any field of study at those institutions—including physics, engineering, biology, robotics, computer science and electro-optics— are welcome to enter the competition. The participating universities are: Boston University, Florida Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Norwich University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, UCLA, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at Dallas. RSTA anticipates students will devise ways to incorporate the camera into projects that focus on image fusion, augmented reality, robotic vision, machine vision and other commercial applications. Students must comply with the rules of the contest and submit their project report with a cover letter to DRS Technologies before May 31, 2012.
“We are the world’s leading supplier of uncooled focal plane arrays, which are the major component of thermal imaging cameras like our tiny Tamarisk™320,” said RSTA President Terry Murphy, who developed the idea of this competition.
“We wanted to give students and faculty the opportunity to explore thermal, infrared imaging in real-world applications. We’re hoping they show us something we haven’t see

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