STEM Professional of the week

Arlyssa M. Jacquez      
Lockheed Martin

Described as an incredibly dynamic and capable professional engineer, Arlyssa Jacquez has been employed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas since 2011. 

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Arlyssa was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. She was fortunate to have parents who truly believed in the value of an education but understood that pursuing that dream meant navigating new paths on her own. Although challenging, Alyssa allowed her “anything is possible” mindset and deep interest in math and science to lead her into pursuing and ultimately earning both a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Shortly after graduating, Arlyssa began working for an American rotocraft manufacturer, Bell Helicopter Inc., where her talents were quickly noticed. This opportunity led to a job offer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where she has since worked in various areas like Global Sustainment, Air Vehicle, Data Quality and Integration Management, and most recently Systems Security. 

After a year with the company, Arlyssa showed desire to further her knowledge and quest for broadening her skills when she was nominated and selected to be part of the company’s Engineering Leadership Program (ELDP), a highly competitive rotational program that selects 15 nominated employees per year. The ELDP program invests in developing participants technical and leadership skills for three years. Arlyssa has recently joined the CIO/System Security Engineering team performing cyber security engineering for the F-35 ground system. As a new member to this team, Arlyssa has learned the new environment quickly becoming familiar with the system architecture and Information Assurance security controls. This responsibility requires interaction directly with the customer and Lockheed Martin’s internal engineering teams. Arlyssa is showing great promise by leveraging her personal interaction skills to integrate inputs from several sources to ensure a high quality work product on schedule.

Arlyssa is a community leader and volunteer. She has proven her dedication to inspiring young students towards STEM fields through numerous community engagements. Arlyssa has been involved in STEM and community organizations such as Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, IEEE – Computer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and LM Engineers in the Classroom. Helping children is one of the her favorite activities, which fill her with an additional source of motivation. She is committed to a lifetime of learning and helping, especially with STEM related activities. 

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