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leagues on career development and opportunities. She is always looking for avenues to have others recognized for their work and accomplishments.”

Her awards include: Blacks in Government Meritorious Ser-

vice Award 2013 Performance Awards: 1992 -2012; 2009 Women of Color STEM Career Achievement in Government Award; the Dayton Intergovernmental Equal Employment Opportunity Di- versity Achievement Award, 2008; 2007 Small Business Special Achievement Award, Air Force Material Command; 2007 Small Business Special Achievement Award, Secretary of the Air Force; and in 2003Technical Achievement, the Technical Cooperative Panel.

She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics

and Astronautics Society; a lifetime member of the Air Force Association; senior member of the IEEE; and in the alumni as- sociation of the National Society of Black Engineers.


Ernest Levert Lockheed Martin Fellow

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Corporation S E

rnest Levert, a Lock- heed Martin Fellow, has earned the highest praise from one of the corpora- tion’s top guns: the retired

chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin. Robert J. Stevens notes that Mr. Levert “directly impacted” such leading-edge programs as Army Tactical Missile Systems, the International Space Station, High Mobility Launch System, and Multiple-Launch Rocket System.

In recognition of his “technical excellence and leadership in driving innovation” across the company, Mr. Levert was selected as a Fellow, making him part of an elite group of less than one percent of the company’s technical workforce. Mr. Levert, with Lockheed Martin for 27 years, has expand- ed his expertise to impact the engineering community worldwide. He has served as president and chairman to many of the largest welding industry professional societies in the world, such as the American Welding Society, the Federation of Materials Societ- ies, and the International Institute of Welding (IIW). During his recent trip to the IIW General Annual Assembly in Seoul, he also became the first African American elected to the International Institute of Welding Board of Directors. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his in- novative leadership, namely with a Lockheed Martin NOVA Award for Leadership in 2003, the Ohio State Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and the Arthur Smith IIW Award from the UK Delegation in 2014. He has appeared in publications such as US Black Engineer, Italian Welding Society, and The History Makers.

In addition, the scope of his student outreach is broad. Mr. Levert, a Boy Scout of America scoutmaster since he was 18, continues to serve as a scoutmaster and encourages scouts nation- wide to pursue engineering careers.

he arrived at Boeing to learn the basics of air- plane wiring, rising to lead senior electrical systems engineer for the 737 Electri- cal Seat organization within the aircraft interiors group at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

When Ms. Debra Coleman isn’t leading her team to ensure electrical requirements are met for passenger seats, she is highly visible as a driver of STEM initiatives. Her pride and joy just might be Kids in Science and Engineering (KISE). Founded by Ms. Coleman in October 2010 at Kimball El- ementary School in Seattle to introduce K-5th grade students to math, science and engineering principles, KISE includes summer school and calls on parental involvement. Ms. Coleman funded KISE in its first year, and has since raised $22,243 for it.

KISE seeks to create a pipeline of students prepared to enter STEM fields by emphasizing the importance of math and science and preparing for college, based on the philosophy that prepara- tion must start early.

KISE kids meet weekly to learn the principles of electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, aeronautical, environmental, and computer engineering. Each session features hands-on experi- ments to demonstrate the principles students learned. KISE started with 12 girls in 2010, and now includes girls and boys. It partnered with Powerful Schools for the 2012-13 school year to bring KISE to three additional elementary schools. It now reaches 22 children in the weekly after-school program and 12 students in the Saturday program.

KISE students come from diverse backgrounds and speak many languages – a true global community, where they learn critical thinking skills to solve problems together. Students are exposed to hands-on activities, field trips to see engineering in action, guest engineering speakers, contests, homework, and summer school.

During lab sessions, students follow the KISE scientific method to create a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, write lab results and give presentations. Students are given tests to assess their standing in math and science. Two of the biggest field trips have been to The Computer


In fact, half of his current Eagle Scouts are taking that route. Along the way, he championed and implemented the Boy

Scouts of America welding merit badge, and the organization bestowed upon him the Good Shepard Award for Leadership. Because of his passion to impress the importance of STEM education and leadership upon as many audiences as possible, he has served as a technical mentor for more than nine mentees and provides welding training across the company.


Debra Coleman Senior Electrical

Systems Engineer The Boeing Company

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