Little Did I Know an Interesting Field Trip Would Ultimately Become My Career

I first realized that I wanted to become an engineer as a junior in my high school chemistry class.  My teacher was actively involved with the local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and established a junior chapter at Tri-Cities High School.  I was on a field trip for my chemistry class and we made a visit to the robotics lab at Georgia Tech.  Ms. Tarver was all about exposing her students to as much science and math as we could handle.   As a 16 year old, I would do anything to go on a field trip, so of course I joined the junior chapter at my school.  Little did I know I would find something that truly interests me and would ultimately become my career.

After completing my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Tennessee State University I came to work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company where I am a software engineer.  As an engineer, my goal is to make my user’s life easier, whether that user is the mission planner of an F-35 or the maintainer of the F-22.

As a software engineer, I am able to take someone’s conceptual decision of a system and apply my problem solving skills to turn this design into reality. To think that all of this came about by a field trip with my chemistry teacher still amazes me.  I often wonder what my career path would have been if my teacher didn’t push me or if I didn’t have parents that always encouraged me and never let me settle.

All things happen for a reason and I am truly proud to say that I am an engineer.

Brittany Bailey
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

I was on a field trip for my chemistry class .. Little did I know I would find something that truly interests me and would ultimately become my career.