Lockheed Martin Recognizes STEM Bowl Winners During Fourth Annual Information Technology Day

Free community networking event focused on IT innovation featured speakers, panels, student program, demonstrations, vendor expo and job fair

JACKSON, Miss., April 3, 2012 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] hosted the fourth annual Information Technology (IT) Day at the Jackson Convention Complex on Friday, March 30 to increase IT education and awareness, as well as to encourage networking and collaboration in industry, academia and the community.

The 2012 IT Day theme was “Forecast the Future,” and attendees were invited to participate in educational sessions on business collaboration in cyber security, mobility, cloud computing and big data. The agenda also featured a panel of industry experts discussing big data and cloud computing; a seminar on how to do business with Lockheed Martin; and a marketing workshop on managing your personal brand. The educational sessions for students were expanded from previous years based on the positive feedback from area high schools, colleges and universities and included workshops, virtual computing and a town hall discussion designed to get students ready for college.

More than 800 area high school and college students participated in the IT Day program, many competing in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) bowl challenges designed to increase the students’ knowledge and interest in STEM curricula as well as provide them with a look at what’s happening in the IT industry. Sponsored by Jackson State University (JSU) and supported by our spotlight schools, the STEM Quiz Bowl was a competition among students to use STEM to solve a real world challenge that is of general interest to society and of particular interest to their state or region. Nine local high schools were selected to participate in January 2012.

Three schools recognized at IT Day as the winners of the STEM Bowl include:

  • Provine High School in Jackson, Miss., – first place
  • Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Miss., – second place
  • Jim Hill High School in Jackson, Miss., – third place

“We were delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin in sponsoring the IT Day STEM Bowl,” said Rita Presley, associate vice president for Research & Sponsored Programs, Jackson State University. “This event encouraged the students to think outside the box, which is an acute skill needed to foster technology innovation.”

Each of the students on the winning teams received a scholarship. Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil President Stephanie Hill recognized the winners at a special awards ceremony. The IS&GS-Civil division is responsible for a wide array of information technology systems and services in areas such as health care, energy, transportation, information and cyber security, data consolidation, extreme environments, citizen protection, and space exploration.

“Lockheed Martin is a proud supporter of STEM initiatives—and seeing the outstanding work these young students demonstrated at IT Day is very positive not only for their career paths, but also for our future workforce here in Mississippi and throughout our corporation,” said MacArthur DeShazer, director, Small Business Development, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS). “We have to continue to invest and inspire the young leaders of tomorrow so that our industry will continue to thrive and grow.”

For more detailed event information, visit http://www.itdaymississippi.org.

Lockheed Martin opened a 33,000-square-foot Mission Support Center in 2011 in Clinton, Miss., to support diverse mission and technology services that the corporation provides to federal agencies. This facility also establishes Lockheed Martin's Gulf Coast Technology Hub, which partners with existing East and West Coast Technology Hubs to offer innovative cloud computing, cyber security, big data and mobile computing solutions to federal customers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 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 2011 were $46.5 billion.