Lockheed Martin Recognizes Outstanding University of Virginia Engineering Students

April 24, 2008 — Lockheed Martin Corporation recognized 12 outstanding University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science students in an April 22 awards ceremony.

The awards recognized six distinguished students and six student leaders and came with monetary prizes.

"We are happy to do this because it encourages academic excellence and is another avenue for engagement with students who may be strong recruiting prospects," said Susan Chong, campus relations manager at Lockheed Martin. "Lockheed Martin is proud to be able to acknowledge the excellence these students have demonstrated."

The Distinguished Student Awards recognize outstanding second- and third-year students pursuing majors in aerospace engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or systems engineering. Recipients exemplify Lockheed Martin's core values, including success, technical ability, leadership, teamwork and community service; each received $1,000.

Distinguished Student Awards Recipients:

Kathleen Bracken (Systems Engineering '10)
Erin Carson (Computer Science '09)
Suzanne Collier (Computer Science '09)
Jack McKay (Electrical Engineering '09)
Jesse Quinlan (Aerospace Engineering '09)
Charles Scott (Mechanical Engineering '09)

The Student Leadership Awards recognize a select group of undergraduate students who exemplify academic excellence and make a significant impact on the quality of education and the life of the University and Engineering School communities. Recipients exemplify Lockheed Martin's core values; each received $500.

Student Leadership Award Recipients:

Alison Aguero (Systems Engineering '08)
Omar Bohsali (Systems Engineering '10)
Andrew Froehlich (Computer Science '09)
Maggie Kirkpatrick (Mechanical Engineering '08)
Julia Park (Systems Engineering '08)
Catherine Pyle (Systems Engineering '08)

"Receiving a Lockheed Martin Distinguished Student Award is a significant honor because recipients were chosen by members of the University community," said McKay. "For me, it is a validation and recognition of my work throughout my time at the University. It is also especially meaningful because both of my parents work for Lockheed Martin. It's encouraging to see a company that I already have a connection with become actively involved with the University of Virginia community."

An advanced technology company, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of information technology services, systems integration and training to the federal government. The company is also a decade-long supporter and "Industry Partner" of U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"We are grateful for Lockheed Martin's continuing support," said James H. Aylor, dean of U.Va.'s Engineering School. "Their recognition of our students is just one of many ways in which this company helps to enhance the school and University."

About the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Its abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the Engineering School collaborates with the University's highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,000 undergraduates and 650 graduate students, the Engineering School offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology. For information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu.

— By Andrea Arco