STEM Professional of the week

Edgar R. Santos      
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Edgar Roberto Santos’ path to success and drive to a lifelong commitment of service to the community began through a rooted work ethic learned from his farming family. Born in Antigua, Guatemala to parents who divorced at an early age, Edgar, his mother and sister moved to his maternal grandparents farm near the Tennessee Tombigbee River. His grandfather a World War II Navy Seabee Veteran and farmer who raised cattle, taught Edgar the value of helping those in need. Edgar developed many skills on the farm − skills that would eventually translate to the importance of hard work, self-sufficiency, teamwork and generosity.

With a broad repertoire of skills in place, Edgar continued to work hard and display ambition throughout high school. He was active in soccer, cross country, baseball and volunteered to help special needs classes. Shortly after graduating, he decided to pursue higher education and enrolled at Mississippi State University to study international business working various jobs to support his education. During college, he volunteered on a regular basis at the Humane Society and despite the fact that he had to borrow money for school, he made monthly donations to a charity that supported an underprivileged family in Guatemala. During this time, Edgar also completed an internship abroad that took him back to Guatemala and allowed him the opportunity to support business administration, archaeological, and reconstruction efforts. This experience prepared Edgar for what soon would be the beginning of his working relationship with Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Edgar began his career as a Cost Analyst in 2004 with what was then Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, now known as Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Ingalls Shipbuilding Division. He rose steadily in his career to his current position as Program Control Analyst 3. In this role, Edgar works on the implementation of a new and critical system that supports the Earn Value Management Contract Deliverables. He is part of an HII Business Management Program that develops future company leaders and is part of a speaker bureau panel , trained to represent Huntington Ingalls in public forums.

Edgar is actively involved internally at HII as well as their community sponsored activities. He is a member of multiple Employee Resource Groups and is the President of the Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA). Within these organizations, he has led, or been a part of, numerous events that have given back to the community and encourage local youth to understand the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He is also actively engaged in the mentoring of kids and teens at the Andrew Johnson Boys and Girls Club Unit in Pascagoula, Mississippi and has assisted the organization in raising funds for its many activities.

Edgar considers his greatest accomplishment thus far, to be his 8 year old daughter, Isabella. He understands that it is important to instill in her the value of giving back to her community and to always have fun while doing so. Edgar believes his daughter will be more successful and a better person than he is, because of all of the positive influences from their family and his great community in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.

Edgar holds a bachelor’s of business administration in international business from Mississippi State University.

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