Lockheed Martin Employees Recognized at HENAAC
Honorees Daniel Baca, Katherine Dunphy Guzman and Alex Martinez were recognized by CEO and President Marillyn Hewson at a Lockheed Martin reception.
From a lively college bowl to a black tie awards gala, the Great Minds in STEM’s Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), held Oct. 3-5 in New Orleans, La., recognized and inspired. Themed “Forged by Tradition… Fueled for Tomorrow,” the conference recognized three Lockheed Martin employees at its 25th anniversary event for their achievements and contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Daniel Baca, senior systems engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, received the Most Promising Engineer - Advanced Degree Award. He was honored for his work as a member of the NASA Orion Spacecraft team and his work in the community tutoring and mentoring young people interested in STEM. Baca talked about the impact we make in our daily interactions during his acceptance speech. He said, “Students I have mentored have come back years later to thank me for what I thought at the time were simply conversations and of little importance, but made a real difference to them. We all have such interesting backgrounds and incredible experiences. Just share your story, you’d be surprised who it might inspire.”
Katherine Dunphy Guzman, Ph.D, systems research and analysis, Sandia National Laboratories, received a Luminary Award. Guzman was recognized for her work leading an effort to create and implement a new methodology for assessing bioterror threats. She also has made it her personal mission to bring more women and minorities into STEM fields.
Alex Martinez, program manager, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Civil, also received a Luminary Award. Martinez was honored for the distinction he has shown as an information technology leader on the Department of Homeland Security’s I-T NOVA program. Martinez is also the first young professional appointed to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. He has spent the last three years as both a board member and a prior chair of the Foundation’s young professional group.
In addition to the recognition events at HENAAC, professionals attended seminars and participated in networking opportunities. Students had an opportunity to learn more about careers and technology at Lockheed Martin and meet professionals at the conference career fair. Lockheed Martin sponsored two college bowl teams and employees from across the Corporation worked with them in an energetic competition in which teams competed for scholarships. From the team draft and ice breaker activities to the engineering competition, the two Lockheed Martin teams created, marketed and competed against other company-sponsored teams. After the competition, all the students and sponsors attend a culminating student leadership dinner where awards were presented. Kristen Murphy, a Lockheed Martin college bowl coach and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company optimization analyst, received The David Burris Tribute Award. This award is voted on by all the college bowl coaches and given to one coach in recognition of them serving as an exceptional mentor to the students. According to Murphy, “The college bowl is designed to not only provide scholarship money, but also to provide ambitious students with a connection to motivated employees and the opportunity to freely ask questions and network. I am so appreciative of this award.”
Twenty-five years ago, HENAAC was launched. Its mission was to identify and honor outstanding engineers and scientists who would be role models to inspire more Hispanic students to prepare for STEM careers. This commitment was recognized by Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson during her awards gala remarks. She spoke about Lockheed Martin’s support of HENAAC since the beginning and of Great Minds in STEM’s newest partnership with Viva Technology, a Great Minds in STEM venture focused on increasing STEM exposure to youth. She said, “We’re hopeful and confident that our partnership with this program will allow us to reach thousands more young people across the country and inspire them to believe that anything is possible.”
October 18, 2013
- Daniel Baca, senior systems engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, received the Most Promising Engineer - Advanced Degree Award.
- Katherine Dunphy Guzman, Ph.D, systems research and analysis, Sandia National Laboratories, received a Luminary Award.
- Alex Martinez, program manager, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Civil, also received a Luminary Award.