UMUC Honors Northrop Grumman Executive Catherine G. Kuenzel as 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

Kuenzel will be recognized during UMUC's stateside commencement ceremony on May 14, 2011, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.


May 11, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (May 11, 2011)—UMUC announced today that it has named Catherine Kuenzel—vice president of federal civil programs for Northrop Grumman Information Systems in McLean, Va.—its 2011 Distinguished Alumnus. Kuenzel will be formally recognized as this year's recipient at the university's stateside commencement ceremony, May 14, 2011, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.

"Catherine is an industry leader who has directed some of the largest information technology companies in the country," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "We are impressed—if not surprised—by her success and contributions to the field of information technology, and we are proud to count her among our alumni and recognize her as this year's UMUC Distinguished Alumnus."

Kuenzel held a variety of leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies, including Oracle and Lucent Technologies, before joining Northrop Grumman in 2002. At Northrop Grumman, she first served as the director of the Intelligence Group's National Security Agency Business Operations. In her current position as vice president of federal civil programs, Kuenzel is responsible for growing and managing modernization, sustainment and information assurance of IT infrastructures for a wide range of civil enterprise systems, including cybersecurity, law enforcement, human capital management and several information assurance programs.

Kuenzel, a resident of Edgewater, Md., graduated from UMUC in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in business management.

UMUC's two stateside commencement ceremonies will take place at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland, College Park, campus. The morning ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.; the afternoon ceremony begins at 4 p.m.