STEM Professional of the week

Alexander Martinez      
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Alexander Martinez is a Senior Program Manager on Lockheed Martin's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters Information Technology Program and is the Deputy Program Manager for Enterprise Services for Lockheed Martin. Since joining the DHS Information Technology Network Operations Virtual Alliance (IT NOVA) team in July 2012, he has ushered in a new respect for Lockheed Martin engineering with the DHS Headquarters Support Division leadership team. IT NOVA is a critical program to Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&SG). and Alex has proven critical to IT NOVA program performance improvements and embodies the tenants of leadership provided from IS&GS Civil leadership; trust, transparency, collaboration, and engagement.

In his current role, Alex is responsible for providing IT services to DHS Headquarters and 11,000 users. He directs the daily activities of 135 IT engineers who deliver IT computing enterprise services, all while playing a key role in directly supporting the Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin's IS&SG. He keeps day to day social awareness for a $14 billion business unit and has effectively built trust with DHS customers by making commitments and consistently delivering on time. A weekly IT NOVA priority meeting was established was established under his guidance to drive prioritized execution.

Alex's continued success is attributed to both his enthusiasm to immerse himself in all aspects of a program and his dedication and commitment to employees. His collaborative approach to business has made him a standout in the industry. That same passion and commitment have been central to his volunteer projects. Alex devotes time to the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, where he was elected to the Board of Directors, was a founding member, and the first chair of the Young Professional's Group. Through this group, he has set goals and objectives focused on the development and cultivation of future technology professionals and has established several initiatives around STEM outreach, mentoring and professional development. Alex helped guide the young professional group to give back to the community by working with middle and high school students, connecting the magic of intelligence, maps, imagery, and spy satellites with hard work in the class room. These numerous community outreach activities reached San Antonio Texas where hundreds of students got excited about STEM with a 'GeoHunt' of the Alamo as well as local activities in Washington, DC like volunteering at the Spy Museum.

Alex credits his Cuban born father for inspiring his love of technology and a family culture of hard work. An engineer, father and husband, Alex was raised and currently resides in Maryland with his wife Julianne and their beautiful daughter. As an undergraduate, he majored in three disciplines at Duke University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as Computer Science. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from John Hopkins University. In 2013, Alex was honored by Great Minds in STEM with a HENAAC Luminary Award.

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