February 6, 2015 – Lockheed Martin hosted 53 of Brazil’s top science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students at its Space Systems facility here in Denver on Thursday, January 29. The students, ages 15 to 19, learned about space innovations through interactive demonstrations of digital manufacturing and tours of advanced labs that create systems for deep space travel. The visit served to prepare the students to succeed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive and globally-integrated landscape.
Lockheed Martin engineers, including senior executives and recent graduates, met with the students and shared insights about the opportunities in the aerospace industry for professionals with STEM-related degrees. The visit was organized in collaboration with the Denver-based nonprofit US-Brazil Connect and their partner Brazilian Confederation of Industry.
“Through their intellect and curiosity, the students will help drive Brazil’s growing space economy,” said Kathy Tobey, vice president and general manager of Special Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “We’re proud to support the brightest young minds of Brazil by strengthening their interest and confidence in pursuing STEM education and careers.”
Lockheed Martin, with an employee base that includes 60,000 engineers, scientists and technology professionals, supports programs locally and internationally that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
“In our work with 3,000 Brazilian students, we have learned they want challenging careers that will connect them with the world,” said Mary Gershwin, president of US-Brazil Connect. “But they know little about the real options. Through our partnership with the Brazilian Confederation of Industry, we help students see that the STEM fields can open the future to previously unimaginable work opportunities that are both global and meaningful.”
Founded in 2011, US-Brazil Connect is a leading facilitator of collaborative education programs linking the United States and Brazil. They’re committed to unleashing unrealized economic and human potential by joining communities in the Western Hemisphere’s leading economies.