Ruess Helping to Grow STEM
Senate confirms Ruess to serve on Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation board
Maria Ruess began her career as a teacher at St. Bernard’s High School in Los Angeles. While her career path would take her to Lockheed Martin where she is now a business development vice president, she never lost her passion for education.
That passion was recently recognized when the United States Senate confirmed her nomination by President Barack Obama to serve on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation Board of Trustees.
“We must continue do everything we can to encourage and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers because education is an imperative to our nation’s competitiveness.” Ruess said. “I’m honored President Obama nominated me, and I look forward to working with the foundation to help deserving students pursue their dreams of having a career in math, science and engineering.”
Congress formed the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 1986 to honor the former Arizona Senator. The organization encourages outstanding U.S. students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering and awards scholarships to undergraduate sophomores and juniors.
Ruess joined Lockheed Martin in 1999 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in business development, program management, engineering and finance. In May, Ruess was named vice president for international business development and strategy within the Mission Systems & Sensors business in Washington, D.C.
Ruess has supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for more than 20 years. She mentors students through organizations such as the Hispanic College Fund and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
She’s a board member of Great Minds in STEM™, a non-profit organization focusing on STEM educational awareness programs that gave her its Pioneer Award in 2009. Last summer, Career Communications Group honored Ruess as one of the Most Influential Hispanics in Technology and Business.
Lockheed Martin share Ruess’ passion for STEM. In 2010, it donated more than $12 million on educational programs and scholarships. Lockheed Martin employees also volunteered nearly 200,000 hours in education-related activities.
Posted November 7, 2011