Lockheed Martin Employees Awarded for Excellence at BEYA STEM Conference

Feb 14, 2019 1:00 PM ET
Press Release

Thirty-one Lockheed Martin employees were awarded for their excellence in science, technology and workforce innovation at the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, February 7-9 in Washington D.C.

Lockheed Martin has been a proud sponsor of BEYA for more than 30 years. The conference attracts STEM professionals with diverse backgrounds and at various career levels, including students. Conference participants network for job opportunities and develop mentor relationships, while companies like Lockheed Martin can recruit top STEM talent.

“Lockheed Martin is proud of our BEYA honorees, who work to solve the world’s most complex and pressing challenges every day,” says Rainia Washington, vice president of Global Diversity & Inclusion. “We want to inspire the next generation to innovate boldly and secure America’s future in STEM – and commit to cultivating the brightest, most innovative workforce to do so.”

Lockheed Martin 2019 BEYA Award Winners

Peer to Peer Winners: 

Dave Barclay Affirmative Action Award: Vernecia Johnson (Director, Human Resources)

Vernecia Johnson is director of Human Resources for Air Mobility and Maritime Missions (AMMM) and HR lead for Lockheed Martin’s Marietta site. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing solutions to address complex business issues including site affordability and new business pursuits, culture transformation and other large-scale change. She champions Diversity and Inclusion efforts and Employee Resource Groups, participates in executive talent development and coaching for business outcomes, organizational design and strategic decision making for AMMM and Marietta.

Ms. Johnson graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a degree in psychology and North Carolina A&T State University with a master’s degree in human resources-business & industry.

She is a member of the Girls Inc. Atlanta Board of Directors and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Linda Gooden Legacy Award: Cory J. Weathers (Sr. Staff Engineering Project Manager)

Cory J. Weathers is currently Deputy Chief Engineer for United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS), a more than $500 million program within the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business area. In this role, he is responsible for engineering and technology scope, cost and schedule performance. He has been with Lockheed Martin for 11 years.

A graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program, Cory holds a bachelor of science in integrated science and technology from James Madison University, a master of science in industrial and systems engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and an MBA with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.

Cory’s passions include STEM education and community service. He regularly volunteers with local organizations such as the Orange County Public Schools Calculus Project and the National Society of Black Engineers Central Florida Professional chapter. He has also served as Diversity and Inclusion lead for the RMS Orlando site.

Science Spectrum Trailblazers

  • Yolanda Carr, Senior Aviation Safety Official

  • Mustapha Cham, Systems Engineer Staff

  • Jarred Cranshaw, Systems Engineer

  • Raymond Findlater II, Software Quality Engineer Staff

  • Vance Foster, Systems Engineer

  • Ollie Johnson, Systems Engineer Senior

  • Trindell Major, Software Engineer Senior Staff

  • Dazzree Thomas, Diversity & Inclusion Senior Analyst

  • Antoine Toombs, Project Management & Planning Operations Representative Senior

  • Anthony Wright, Systems & Software Quality Engineer Staff

Modern Day Technology Leaders

  • Anthony Banks Lockheed Martin Fellow - Lead Corporate Ergonomist

  • Naomie Baptiste Program Management Senior Subcontract Manager

  • Jeremy Brown Senior Systems Engineer

  • Kasey Buggs QA Engineering Associate Manager

  • Aaron Daniels Senior Design Engineer

  • Brandon Francis Systems Integration and Test Engineering

  • Amsalu Gedamu System Integration and Test Engineer Senior

  • Demetria Hall Hardware Engineer Staff

  • Tiffany Haskins Environment, Health & Safety Engineering Associate Manager

  • Safeyah Hassman Manager, F-35 Air Systems Integration - Technical Solutions

  • Donnell Jordan, Systems Engineering Manager

  • Michon Jordan, Software Engineer Staff

  • Tabetha Keys, Materials and Process Engineer

  • Charles Ladday, Systems Engineer

  • Dafina Monsanto, Electrical Engineering Associate Manager

  • Gregory Sanders, Chief of Flight Test, 53K

  • Courtney Smith, Systems Engineer

  • Tonesha Smith, Systems Engineer Associate Manager

  • Dwaine Wint, Senior Project Engineer

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