ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephanie C. Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Civil business, has been named the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year for her outstanding leadership during a 27-year engineering career and commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This distinction, the highest honor given at Career Communications Group's annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Conference, was presented on Feb. 8 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
Hill joined Lockheed Martin in 1987 as a software engineer and has assumed positions of increasing responsibility throughout her career with the corporation. In her current role, she leads approximately 10,000 employees who are responsible for a wide array of information technology systems and services in areas such as information and cyber security, finance, transportation, citizen protection, energy, health care and space exploration. The business serves various nondefense U.S. government agencies, international governments and regulated commercial industries.
"Stephanie Hill is an exceptional leader, and I'm honored to have worked with her for several years," says Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. "Since the day she joined Lockheed Martin as a software engineer, Stephanie has established herself as a leader who consistently drives strong technical and business performance on behalf of her customers while strengthening and developing the next generation of leaders."
Hill, a Baltimore native, graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics. She is an active board member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Maryland Business Roundtable. Hill also serves on the TechAmerica Public Sector Board of Directors and the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee, which develops recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding its modernization of the National Airspace System.
"I have been privileged during my career at Lockheed Martin to work on very exciting, impactful programs," says Hill. "This award is especially meaningful to me because it recognizes the important work we do every day to help our nation. Hopefully, it will also serve as an inspiration to students about the many rewarding opportunities that a career in engineering and IT can offer."
Many additional Lockheed Martin employees were also Black Engineer of the Year Award winners. During its STEM conference, BEYA recognized 32 Lockheed Martin employees as "Modern Day Leaders," and seven employees received "Science Spectrum Trailblazer" awards. Special BEYA awardees include:
Dr. Aaron Brundage, Principal, Research & Development Mechanical Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories, was named the Most Promising Scientist – Government;
Gilda Jackson, Director, Program Management, Mission Systems and Training, received a Special Recognition Award; and
Marsha Malone, Director, Government Relations, Enterprise Operations, earned a Technical Sales and Marketing Award.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion