Lockheed Martin’s Iris F. Bombelyn Honored With Women of Color STEM Career Achievement Award
Sunnyvale, Calif., Oct. 21, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is proud to announce that Iris F. Bombelyn, vice president Narrowband Communications and program manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite program, was honored for career achievement during the 18th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference.
The conference, held in Dallas, celebrates the significant achievements of women of color in scientific and technical careers. Bombelyn is among 43 Lockheed Martin employees who were recognized during the international forum.
“Iris is an outstanding example of a leader who understands the increasingly interdependent, diverse nature of our global economy, industry and workforce,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “Her strategic vision and cross-cultural leadership skills have guided her team to new levels of performance. Just as importantly, she demonstrates her strategic vision and values by mentoring the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders.”
As vice president for MUOS, Bombelyn leads a team of more than 300 employees who are delivering a satellite and ground system that will allow better communications for warfighters in the field to make smartphone-like mobile connections with digital data and voice.
During her 28-year career, Bombelyn has guided thousands of employees through cultural, economic and organizational change; mentored personnel on many levels; built strong, high-performing and innovative teams; and executed multi-million-dollar programs for spacecraft and launch vehicles. Her technical and execution capabilities, as well as her ability to listen to the customer, have contributed to successful customer relationships. Bombelyn also speaks three languages, holds a black belt in ju-jitsu and mentors college students.
Bombelyn received her bachelor of science in engineering from Washington State University. She later earned her master’s in business administration with a focus on innovation and global leadership from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, as a Sloan Fellow.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.