CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ph.D. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1971
Dr. Ronald Sugar is chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a Los Angeles-based global defense company. Dr. Sugar graduated summa cum laude in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1968, where he also received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in the same field.
Dr. Sugar joined Northrop Grumman following its 2001 acquisition of Litton Industries Inc., where he served as president, chief operating officer, and as a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining Litton, he was president and chief operating officer of TRW Space and Information Systems.
Dr. Sugar currently serves as a director of Chevron Corporation, vice chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, trustee of the Association of the United States Army, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He earlier was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Dr. Sugar also is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
UCLA has honored Dr. Sugar as Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 1996. In 2004 he received the Neil Jacoby Award from UCLA's Dashew International Center, and in 2005 he received the UCLA Alumni Association's Award for Professional Achievement.
"UCLA's School of Engineering has always been an extraordinary institution, and I am thankful that it is part of the Southern California community." Sugar said. "As CEO of Northrop Grumman, a company that relies on top engineering talent as its lifeblood, I am proud that my company shares a mutually beneficial relationship with UCLA. We have hired many graduates at the same time that we have funded scholarships and student and faculty programs." Northrop Grumman has also endowed three chairs in Electrical Engineering, and UCLA receives matching funds from the Northrop Grumman Foundation when employees make donations to the university...
"Perhaps the best part of all," Sugar concluded, "is that I can glance out my office window and see the Westwood campus, serving as a daily reminder of how fortunate I am to be an engineering graduate of UCLA."