Lockheed Martin Tweet Chat: #EweekChat14

Experts from Lockheed Martin, the USA Science and Engineering Festival, Project Lead The Way, and Bucknell University came together on Twitter to discuss their path to a career in science, technology, engineering, and math for the #EweekChat14 on Feb. 19, 2014.

Meet the STEM Experts

Jeff Wilcox, Vice President of Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Jeff Wilcox is Vice President of Engineering for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He will be tweeting in this discussion as @Wilcoxjeff.


As Vice President of Engineering since 2009, Jeff works to ensure the right people, processes, tools, and technologies are in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to the most complex challenges.


Previously, Jeff served as Vice President of Systems and Software Engineering and led several critical initiatives for Lockheed Martin including engineering for affordability, advanced manufacturing, and the Energy


Solutions Center launch. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Jeff served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).


Jeff is an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, and an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dr. Vince Bertram, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Lead The Way

Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way.
Vince will be tweeting in this discussion as @vincembertram.


Since Vince's appointment in  2011, Project Lead The Way has experienced record program growth of over 50 percent and flourished to serve the nation in more than 5,000 schools, reaching nearly 600,000 students annually. Under his leadership, more than 10,000 PLTW teachers have been trained,  and sponsor and partner support of PLTW has increased.


Prior to joining PLTW, Vince was superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, where he led Indiana’s third-largest urban school district to unprecedented improvements in student achievement, community collaboration, and operational efficiency.


Vince earned his doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Margot Vigeant, Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University

Margot Vigeant is Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at Bucknell University and a professor of chemical engineering.  Tweeting in this discussion as @BU_ENGR, she will discuss the College of Engineering’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate engineering education, which emphasizes hands-on laboratory experiences, learning through design,  active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, and close student-faculty interaction.


Margot’s broad research area is effective pedagogy in engineering, including conceptual learning and assessment, inquiry-based activities for thermodynamics and heat transfer, and first-year engineering. 


Margo is also interested in design across the curriculum, international education for engineers and games as learning tools.  She teaches chemical engineering thermodynamics, applied food science and engineering, and worked for nine years with the Exploring Engineering first-year course.   Margot was recently honored as an Apple Distinguished Educator. Margot completed her doctorate at the University of Virginia (1999), and was recognized as their Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate (2012). 


Larry Bock, Founder and Principal of Science Spark, and Creator and Executive Director of the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Larry Bock is founder and principal of Science Spark, a non-profit corporation, and is the creator and executive director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Larry will be tweeting in this discussion as @USASciencefest.


Along with the USA Science festival, Larry also created the wildly successful inaugural San Diego Science Festival, which reached 200,000 people of all ages throughout San Diego County over a 5-week period in Spring 2009.


Prior to founding Science Spark, Larry co-founded or financed the early stage 


growth of 40 companies. Larry was a General Partner of CW Ventures, a 100M life sciences venture capital fund,and a Special Limited Partner to Lux Capital, a 100M nanotechnology-focused venture capital fund. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of FEI Corporation, the leading supplier of tools for nanotechnology research.   


Larry started his career as a researcher in the early days at Genentech, Inc. in the field of infectious diseases, where he was on the team that received the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for demonstrating the world’s first recombinant DNA vaccine. 


Larry received his B.A. in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA.


Thor Misko, Vice President of Development, Project Lead The Way

Thor Misko is the vice president of development for Project Lead The Way. Thor will be tweeting in this discussion as @Thor_misko.

As vice president of development, Thor is responsible for developing relationships that increase awareness, urgency, collaboration, and support to advance Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) mission. Since 2008, Thor has provided leadership in numerous areas throughout PLTW, including post-secondary partnerships, professional development, and e-learning.


Prior to joining PLTW,  Thor served as the PLTW Affiliate Director for the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) after working in various entrepreneurial and engineering fields and markets throughout the United States. As a building systems engineer, Thor has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in the medical, industrial, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming sectors with a combined constructed value exceeding $2 billion.

Thor earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering with specialties in Building Electrical Systems and Building Environmental Systems from MSOE. Thor is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Engineering Management with master’s certificates in Project Management and Knowledge Management from MSOE. He has also received the distinction of U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.


Other STEM Experts Joining the Chat:

  • Iftin Thompson (@Iftinity_beyond) and Jessica Bacchus, Project Lead The Way alumni


Learn more about Lockheed Martin's STEM education outreach programs

Engineering a Sustainable Future

The resources needed to support a future global population of more than nine billion people requires near-term action. At Lockheed Martin we are in the business of engineering solutions to protect our planet.


Lockheed Martin proudly supports PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering and Gateway to Technology programs, which are used in middle and high schools across the United States.


Lockheed Martin is also proud to be the founding and presenting sponsor of the third USA Science & Engineering Festival, the world's largest STEM event.