2014 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards

Remarks as Delivered by

Chairman, President and CEO

Marillyn A. Hewson

 

 

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

October 3, 2014


Chairman, President and CEO 
Marillyn A. Hewson

Good evening and thank you very much for that kind introduction. I’m honored to be here tonight celebrating such an exceptional group of scientists and engineers.

As a founding sponsor of HENAAC, Lockheed Martin is proud of our long partnership with Great Minds in STEM. Together, we’ve worked to help under-served and under-represented communities pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

We do this because bringing together people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives drives innovation and delivers business results. And, as you saw in the video, innovation is at the core of everything we do at Lockheed Martin. We are a company focused on solving the world’s most complex challenges and delivering the technologies and solutions that will shape the future.

It’s people like you—engineers, scientists, technologists and mathematicians—who make that innovation possible. We rely on STEM professionals to help us engineer a better tomorrow for all of humankind.

Of course, we aren’t alone. STEM innovation has been the thrust of human achievement for centuries. In our increasingly high-tech world, it is STEM innovation that continues to drive progress and discovery. Yet, despite the growing need, the United States is facing a serious shortage of STEM talent. Recent projections estimate a potential shortfall of one million STEM professionals in the next 10 years.

If we as a nation are to maintain our position as a global leader in innovation and discovery, we must face this challenge head on. We must ensure we are attracting and developing talent from every segment of our population. We must create inclusive work environments where everyone feels welcome, valued and able to do their best work. And, we must inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM by showing them the positive impact that they can have on the world.

Great Minds in STEM is making substantial progress to ensure we can meet the demand for STEM talent in the years ahead. Through programs like VIVA Technology—an initiative Lockheed Martin is proud to support—Great Minds in STEM promotes college readiness, awareness and access to STEM curricula. The program has touched more than 10,000 K–12 students, and we’re expanding that reach every year.

Great Minds in STEM continues to support students as they enter college through scholarships, mentoring programs and development conferences like this one. And as these professionals enter the workforce, Great Minds in STEM recognizes excellence in STEM achievement, showcasing the role models that will inspire the next generation.

And that is why we are here tonight, to honor the accomplishments of the greatest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and to applaud their contributions.

Congratulations to each of our outstanding honorees. Your achievements are an inspiration to all of us, and we are delighted to celebrate with you this evening.

Thank you.