What is your role at Lockheed Martin?
I am one of the Technology Working Group leads supporting multiple subsystems in the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical System (SWFTS).Simply put, I work on submarines.
What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
I knew I wanted to be an engineer when I was in the third grade. I used to live on El Toro Marine base in Southern California, home to the famous El Toro Air Show. I became fascinated with aircraft at an early age. I wanted to understand how they worked and how they were built. This curiosity to understand how complex systems worked (in addition to a never-ending supply of Legos®) became the inspiration for me to pursue a career in engineering.
What tips or advice would you offer students considering a career in engineering?
If engineering is something you are passionate about you will undoubtedly excel. No other career path will be as rewarding with hard work and dedication.
One of the challenges facing the engineering field is a lack of awareness for what engineering is, and what engineers do. What steps can Industry take to make engineering more relatable to the general public?
Outreach activities such as Engineers in the Classroom and Women In Engineering are great mediums to help relate what we do to the general public. Events like these add a more personal feel to our endeavors through individual communication with the community.
This year’s National Engineering Week theme is “Celebrate Awesome.” What would you describe as the most “awesome” part of your job?
Diversity; both in people and opportunity. First, I am fortunate to work with amazingly talented teams with very diverse backgrounds who promote the “outside of the box” thinking. Secondly is the diverse opportunities. One day I can be working a detailed design down to nut and bolt selection, next day I can be figuring out how major submarine subsystems interface with one another.