Lockheed Martin Project Manager Receives Prestigious Women in Aerospace Award

Sep 23, 2004, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:   LMT)
 project manager Sharon Eggleston of Brunswick, Maine received the prestigious
 Aerospace Awareness Award from Women in Aerospace at the organization's 19th
 Annual Awards Reception Tuesday, Sept. 21 on Capitol Hill.  The national award
 recognizes Eggleston's "excellence in outreach and building awareness of
 aerospace programs and developments."
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     Eggleston, who serves as a technical liaison on the AEGIS destroyer
 program in Brunswick, spends her off-hours planning educational space
 activities for children.  Last year, she logged more than 500 volunteer hours
 coordinating Space Day events for 18 schools in Maine and for the
 International Space Station EarthKAM program for Brunswick Junior High School.
 The programs reached more than 13,000 students.
     "It might seem funny that someone who works on surface ships spends her
 off-hours volunteering with space education, but there's a connection, because
 it's about inspiring children and encouraging them to be the best they can
 be," Eggleston said.
     Eggleston also is a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, serves on
 the education committee for the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor, teaches
 at Southern New Hampshire University, and will share her story and talk about
 the importance of space education at a Space Symposium at the Massachusetts
 Institute of Technology in November.
     "Sharon's receipt of the award is well-deserved," says Jim Ashe,
 superintendent of the Brunswick School District. "She has inspired so many of
 our students and has enhanced our schools by increasing students' motivation
 to do well in math and science."
     Space Day, held annually on the first Thursday in May, is designed to
 excite children about math, science, engineering and technology. Among the
 many activities Eggleston planned were:
     -- Students and faculty from eight schools met with Maine Governor John
        Elias Baldacci, who declared an official Maine Space Day;
     -- Former astronaut Dan Brandenstein visited four schools and, at one
        location, launched rockets with the students and professional
     -- Maine astronaut Charles Hobaugh participated in a video teleconference
        from Houston, Texas; and
     -- Maine's first lady, Karen Baldacci, and NASA Administrator Sean
        O'Keefe's parents, who live in Maine, read space stories to elementary
        school children.
     "Sharon and the programs she brings to the schools make science real for
 the kids," says Gil Peterson, curriculum director for the Lisbon School
 Department in Lisbon Falls, Maine. "She always goes the extra mile, and she
 has an innate enthusiasm, so she gets everyone excited about what she's doing.
 She's making a difference in the life of this community."
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
 products and services. The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion.
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