Lockheed Martin Hosts Second Annual Women in Engineering Day in Riviera Beach
RIVIERA BEACH, 02/15/2010 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently introduced more than 60 young women from four local schools to engineering as a career during the company's second annual "Women in Engineering Day" event at its Riviera Beach facility.
The tenth grade students were from Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, Suncoast, Forest Hill and Palm Beach Gardens High Schools.
The goal of Women in Engineering Day is to introduce young women to exciting opportunities in the field of engineering, and to some of the innovative technologies used by engineers and the types of products they create. During the event Lockheed Martin engineers explained electrical, mechanical and software engineering, and described job opportunities for women in the field. Students also talked with engineers about "what it takes" to become an engineer and met peers who share common interests in math and science.
"At the end of this school year, these students will make significant decisions regarding their junior and senior math and science curriculums," explained Ada Hunter, manager, systems engineering, at Lockheed Martin's Riviera Beach facility. "We hope this program encourages them to enroll in math and science classes in preparation for an engineering curriculum in college."
The event included sessions where the students explored a hands-on, team-oriented engineering challenge project, which focused on dealing with requirements and constraints and sharing knowledge – all essential skills in engineering disciplines. In addition, the students participated in an activities fair where they learned about different engineering disciplines, spoke with a panel of mostly women engineers, and met with university representatives who provided information about educational opportunities in engineering.
"Lockheed Martin's Women in Engineering Day was a wonderful experience filled with fun, teamwork and knowledge," said Jeffery Janci, academy of engineering and technology teacher at Forest Hill High School. "This event inspired many of the young women to seriously consider careers in engineering."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.