Proud to be a Fourth Generation Engineer

I am proud to be a fourth generation engineer.  My great-grandfather was an aviation pioneer in the United States Army in the 1920s, and my family has been involved in some discipline of engineering ever since.  My own engineering career started at the University of Virginia, where I graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2007 and continued at George Washington University, where I earned a graduate degree in Systems Engineering in 2010.

I have been with Lockheed Martin almost five years, and during this time, I have been fortunate enough to speak to students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math).  I always stress the importance of engineering in our everyday life.  Engineers willingly take on the task of shaping society through a combination of technical achievements and social responsibility. They are modern day renaissance men and women who are absolutely crucial to the process of turning yesterday’s dreams into today’s reality.

This process would not be possible without the support and encouragement from parents and teachers in developing the engineers of tomorrow.  Educators face tough challenges, but I believe finding a way to champion a strong work ethic and promote a sense of curiosity in their students will allow society to benefit from the technological innovation we all know is possible.

The promise of innovation is what drives me to be an engineer today, and it serves as my motivation to help shape Lockheed Martin into a technology and community leader of tomorrow. While fighter jets and satellites may make the headlines, Lockheed Martin is also very committed to developing IT, energy, and healthcare solutions.  Such a diverse portfolio ensures that every employee has a chance to make a difference and allows the true spirit of engineering to be realized. The engineering profession has been personally rewarding thus far.  Please contact me at mark.1.johnson@lmco.com if you would like to learn more about my experience!

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Mark Johnson
Lockheed Martin Corporation,
Information Systems & Global Solutions

Educators face tough challenges, but I believe finding a way to champion a strong work ethic and promote a sense of curiosity in their students will allow society to benefit from the technological innovation we all know is possible.