A Strong and Flourishing Partnership
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), one of the country's top defense contractors and a leader in
aerospace systems, has benefited in many ways over its 11year relationship with UC Santa Barbara. "Based
on our joint research and development programs with UC Santa Barbara and DARPA, plus the number of
alumni we employ, UCSB is definitely in the top tier of the schools with which we work," says Ray Haynes,
Director of University Technical Alliances.
The collaboration started modestly between the company's then Foundation Technologies division and Prof.
Umesh Mishra on an Office of Naval Research contract in 1998, to develop advanced compound
Through the collaboration, joint NGC/UCSB research collaborations have received support
from DARPA and other federal agencies and from the UC Office of the President. Over time
the partnership has expanded to include three UCSB research teams that actively work side
by side with NGC. The collaborations focus on exploring advanced technologies with