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Dr. William Jones Receives NSBE Lifetime Achievement In Aerospace

By Mike Mitchell
Feb. 13, 2010 -Northrop Grumman Corporation's Dr. William L. Jones was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Aerospace by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for his technical excellence, leadership, and contributions to the engineering field. He was honored on February 9th at NSBE's Aerospace Systems Conference.

"William's dedication to his career and the engineering field is truly exemplary," said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. "This award is testament to all of his accomplishments."

Dr. Jones is a senior staff scientist/sub project manager in the Microelectronics Product Center within the Space and Defense Products Division of the company's Aerospace Systems sector. In this role, he is responsible for all activities related to obtaining monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC) fabricated for flight program payloads.

Microelectronics is a subfield of electronics. Microelectronics, as the name suggests, is related to the study and manufacture, or microfabrication, of electronic components which are very small (usually micrometre-scale or smaller, but not always). These devices are made from semiconductors. Many components of normal electronic design are available in microelectronic equivalent: transistors, capacitors, inductors, resistors, diodes and of course insulators and conductors can all be found in microelectronic devices.

Digital integrated circuits (ICs) consist mostly of transistors. Analog circuits commonly contain resistors and capacitors as well. Inductors are used in some high frequency analog circuits, but tend to occupy large chip area if used at low frequencies; gyrators can replace them in many applications.

As techniques improve, the scale of microelectronic components continues to decrease. At smaller scales, the relative impact of intrinsic circuit properties such as interconnections may become more significant. These are called parasitic effects, and the goal of the microelectronics design engineer is to find ways to compensate for or to minimize these effects, while always delivering smaller, faster, and cheaper devices.


Currently, he is the MMIC sub-project manager for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program. AEHF is the nation's next-generation, military strategic and tactical relay system, which will deliver survivable protected communications to U.S. forces and selected allies worldwide.

Dr. Jones joined TRW as a process development engineer, and he has held numerous technical and management positions related to the development of semiconductor devices and circuits.

Dr. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.  

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