Engineering Spotlight: Danielle C.


Danielle C.

What is your role at Lockheed Martin?
Senior Research Engineer focusing on Quantum Information Science as a part of Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow and Chief Scientist Ned Allen’s portfolio.  

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
I am a 4th generation engineer and have always been interested in how things work. I love to look at problems, technical and non-technical alike, and try to understand how I can engineer a way to solve them or just learn more. I have always been passionate about not being a typical engineer, in that trained engineers are great at a lot of things because being a problem solver fits into so many ways of life. Engineers are true change agents and I have always wanted to impact or be a part of change.



What advice would you offer high school students considering a major in engineering?Engineering reaches into so many careers in the world that a degree in engineering can prepare you for. We need more doctors with engineering backgrounds, we need more engineers in Congress, we need more engineers becoming teachers. An engineering degree has endless potential no matter what you want to grow up to be.

Describe a challenging moment you may have faced in college and how you got through it. 
I was a college athlete while majoring in engineering and mathematics. As you can imagine the course load and full time job did not always marry well. There were a lot of late nights, disappointing test grades and social activities I had to miss. But in those moments where I questioned whether I could do all of the above, I relied on family and friends’ positive feedback that it would all be worth it one day. And man they were right!  

What advice would you offer to college students seeking a career in engineering?
You didn’t choose the easy route but I promise it will all pay off one day. Attached is a picture of the first car I bought out of college. I realize this can be a little extreme but realistically as of 2013 the average starting salary of an engineer was $62,564 (National Association of Colleges and Employers). I have been able to travel the world, work with incredible scientists and see crazy engineer feats come to pass. All because I made it through four years of an engineering degree