People of Lockheed Martin: Meet Derius

Name: Derius

Years at Lockheed Martin: 1 year

Current Position: Quality Engineer

Day-to-day Responsibilities: Working root cause corrective actions for fixed wing programs, providing status on trends and creating preventative methods to reduce defect issues. I also work on digital transformation metrics for quality and serve as the events committee president. In that role I lead a team that coordinates all events for our site.

Can you tell us about your journey?
I embarked on my educational journey at Mary Fey Pendleton Elementary School in Oceanside, California, as a 5-year-old boy with thick glasses, eagerly running up the school steps while waving goodbye to my parents. Kindergarten was entertaining; I always found something to build or destroy in order to feed my growing curiosity of how gadgets worked.

One day while in school, I asked my teacher permission to use the restroom. On my return to the classroom, an evil bumblebee attacked me, somehow passing through my half-inch-thick glasses, stinging me above my right eye. It was at that very moment vowed I would figure out a way to rid the world of the evil bumblebee.

After the bee sting trauma, I began reading books on bumblebees to understand potential weaknesses in their nature. While reading, I came across an interesting statement, “bees even though they are great flyers, are scientifically unable to fly.” After reading this mind-blowing fact, I became fascinated with flying objects and strove to understand the mechanisms by which they operated. This included insects, airplanes, fighter jets and rockets. As my curiosity about things that fly began to peak, my family and I left California and moved to Shubuta, Mississippi. The humility of growing up in the south helped me develop a tenacious nature; this ultimately propelled me to undergraduate research opportunities, volunteerism for underrepresented groups, numerous collegiate and national awards, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in aerospace engineering.

Currently, I plan on pursuing my Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, with a primary focus on Bio-inspired design; which is mimicking natures biomechanics (various birds and dragonflies) in an effort to create something that hasn't existed before. I hope to continue this journey and apply new concepts to the various functions in my role here at Lockheed Martin.

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