Lockheed Martin Employee Named Volunteer of the Year by Colorado FIRST
Denver, Colo., 06/03/2008 -- Lockheed Martin announced today that one of its employees, Mark Dotterweich, has been named outstanding volunteer of the year by Colorado FIRST, an organization predicated on inspiring young people to appreciate science and technology. This award celebrates one individual who has had a sustained impact on FIRST initiatives by actively supporting programs through leadership and personal commitment. Mr. Dotterweich was selected as volunteer of the year for his exceptional dedication and ongoing commitment to help change the lives of youth in both Colorado and Florida in a positive way.
Mark has been heavily involved with FIRST programs both here and in Florida, said Dawn Lutz, chairman of the organization's operating committee. As an engineer with Lockheed Martin, Mark has inspired and encouraged the youth in our program to continue pursuing careers involving math and science.
Colorado FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is dedicated to fostering the opportunities provided through FIRST (www.usfirst.org) by providing K-12 age-appropriate robotics challenges to Colorado youth. Since 1997, Mark Dotterweich has helped with the organization's robotic competitions, sponsoring teams, mentoring young students, and sharing his extensive expertise to challenge students at different levels to design and build robots.
Giving back to our communities has always been one of our core values at Lockheed Martin. We are energized to help spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math, said Gerry Fasano, vice president of C4ISR Solutions for Lockheed Martin's IS&GS Mission & Combat Support Solutions. Mark has embraced these values and embodied Lockheed Martin's spirit by donating hundreds of hours of his time to Colorado FIRST. We are proud of Mark inspiring young people to move toward careers in science and technology.
An engineer with a 30-year career at Lockheed Martin, Mark has been involved with projects for both NASA and DoD customers. He has worked on autonomous air vehicles and mission control for both the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs; has engineered launch control system upgrades at Kennedy Space Center, and helped develop satellite ground systems for the Air Force.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.