Lockheed Martin Tweet Chat: #EweekChat15


Join experts from Lockheed Martin and National Geographic Society on Twitter to discuss their path to a career in science, technology, engineering, and math!

Tweet your questions about STEM careers, overcoming challenges, and inspiring students to @LockheedMartin and @NatGeoEducation with the #EweekChat15 hashtag starting Friday, Feb. 20. @LockheedMartin will moderate the chat and pose questions beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Questions will be selected from those tweeted with the #EweekChat15 hashtag between now and the end of the chat.

Couldn't follow along with the Tweet Chat live? Check out the full chat transcript below:


Jeff Wilcox, Vice President of Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Jeff Wilcox is Vice President of Engineering for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He will be tweeting in this discussion as @Wilcoxjeff.

As Vice President of Engineering since 2009, Jeff is responsible for leading the Corporation’s engineering enterprise, ensuring the right people, processes, tools and technologies are in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to customers’ most complex challenges.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology

Mr. Wilcox is the Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Technical Operations Council and the Vice Chair of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership


He also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors, the Drexel University Leadership Council, the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises Advisory Board and the Board of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Mr. Wilcox is an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Todd Danko, Lead Research Scientist, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs

Dr. Todd Danko is a Lead Research Scientist with the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories. His primary research interests are in robotic manipulation and operator augmented autonomy.  He will be tweeting in this discussion as @LockheedMartin.


Dr. Danko currently serves as the Principal Investigator for Team TROOPER in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and the Chief Systems Engineer for the Lockheed Martin DARPA ALIAS team. Previously, Dr. Danko leveraged his background in imaging phenomenology to develop image and video processing algorithms for the DARPA VIRAT program as well as satellite remote sensing systems.  

Dr. Danko received his Ph.D. from the Drexel


University, where his dissertation focused on mobile manipulation from unmanned aerial vehicles. He earned his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and his bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


Alan Turchik, Mechanical Engineer, National Geographic Society

As a mechanical engineer with the National Geographic Society's Remote Imaging Team, Alan Turchik uses the latest technology to support archaeological expeditions, ocean explorations, and other scientific endeavors across the globe, from the Middle East to the middle of the Pacific. He will be tweeting in the discussion as @NatGeoEducation.

He first made his mark in engineering while a senior at the University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering where he developed a Self-stabilizing Aerial Camera Platform for the National Geographic Engineers for Exploration program. His invention greatly improved the ability of archeologists to remotely view archeological sites by motorizing the aerial platform on which research cameras are mounted.


Upon graduation from UCSD, Alan officially joined the National Geographic team and currently plays a more integral role in NGS projects, most notably ocean exploration endeavors in the South Pacific and North Pole. He uses his ingenuity and innovation to help investigate the ocean's depths via sophisticated visualization devices.

He continues to travel with National Geographic, and has participated in over a dozen projects with a variety of scientists.
His passion for creating solutions to difficult field problems will hopefully yield even more discoveries in the future